‘Opulence’ is the frugal hedonist’s interpretation of fashion and luxury. Resulting in a fashion show to be held on Saturday the 2nd September in Melbourne, Australia. A one-night, ‘rogue’, ‘off the books’ panoply coinciding with Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2017.
Designers Chelsea Hickman and Hayley Van Ree describe their intent behind ‘Opulence’ – “We have forced our inclusion to indulgent ideals within the means we can acquire; with a specific focus on using fabric that would otherwise be landfill among oxymorons of diamanté kitchen gloves and Chanel balaclavas. We represent a twisted reflection of fashion and internet culture through manipulating concepts of gender identity, glamour and sustainable clothing, resulting in a perverse and surprising panoply.”
Chelsea Hickman is an aspiring high-fashion designer currently completing her Honours in Fashion Design at RMIT. Her work to date has included concepts around data analysis, gender neutrality, 90s suburban Australia and social enterprise.
Hayley Van Ree is the birth giver of electric new fashion label Filfy Rish. Originally trained in sculpture at VCA, Hayley now works in an experimental fashion space with a focus on hand-made, recycled and repurposed items.
Photographer: Chelsea Hickman @fashionchelsea
To attend the Opulence fashion show in Melbourne pledge to the Opulence Pozible Project.