Master of Fashion (Design) student Blake Barns grew up on an isolated wool-farming property on the west coast of South Australia, before moving to Adelaide, London (UK) and then Melbourne to pursue his fashion career.
Before studying RMIT’s Bachelor of Design (Fashion), Barns undertook an internship with Swedish designer Ann-Sofie Back. In this conceptually driven environment, he awoke to the importance of a questioning approach to design and recognising that original design is the result of sincere investigations into personal relationships with dress. The evolution of one’s own design language is the result of a search for and reflection upon current fashion systems and the constant refinement of one’s craft within these. Drawing on this philosophy throughout his studies, Barns honed his investigative approach and design skills, and graduated from RMIT in 2012 with an impressive collection to his name. After travelling to work with Japanese label Eatable Of Many Orders, he returned to Melbourne and formed alias ‘H.B. Peace’ with fellow practitioner Hugh Egan Westland, which now operates between London and Melbourne.