Blake Barns, Master of Fashion (Design), RMIT University


The School of Fashion and Textiles is world renowned as a dynamic and progressive educational leader whose impact influences the future of fashion and textiles.


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About: The Masters showcase site

The Masters of Fashion (Design) site showcases the unique body of work created by the designers over the course of their individual and collective journeys. Working in a supportive studio environment the designers have been able to experiment, take risks and explore advanced approaches to speculative design, guided by mentors and alongside leading local and global practitioners. The result is a prevailing innovative confidence that shines through in the designers collections. Essentially it’s the ultimate masterclass for a fashion creative wanting to evolve their practice.

About: RMIT’s School of Fashion and Textiles

Informed by global awareness and astute knowledge of industry, RMIT’s School of Fashion and Textiles leads in creative and entrepreneurial practices. Staff are engaged as both practitioners and researchers, and are active as fashion and textile designers, curators, business innovators and leaders of industry. Their expertise and active engagement with industry allows students to stay up-to-date with current industry needs throughout their studies, meaning that students graduate highly sought after by industry and can find positions in all areas of the global fashion and textiles supply chain.

Influencing global fashion

Students make their mark through sustainable and independent design practices and contribute significantly to management and business operations through strategic fashion entrepreneurship. Equipped to enter into the competitive fashion industry, graduates can be found working for leaders in the global field including Dior, Alexander McQueen and Louis Vuitton, and shaping the local market at Country Road, Myer and Forever New.

Investing in fashion futures

RMIT Fashion and Textiles continues to develop new environments for delivering programs. In 2014, RMIT invested more than AU$7 million in the Brunswick campus to create Melbourne’s state-of-the-art Fashion Hub. The development contributes to establishing creative and exploratory learning environments that connect design and production, engaging learners with practice and advanced digital technologies, and stimulating new applications, methods and modes of thinking.

Fostering international and interdisciplinary research collaborations

The School’s research programs focuses on both textile technology and creative practice and foster international partnerships with leading global institutes, encouraging exchange and research collaboration. The School’s research streams bring together experts from design, curatorial practice, business, technology and science to address, challenge and improve on the status quo. The School’s research expertise focuses on:

  • Saving lives
  • Producing fashion
  • Body: Centric Lab
  • Creative Materials Lab
  • Design activism.