Meet our 2021 Alumni

Melbourne Fashion Hub is proud to introduce its first group of designers. They represent new, innovative thinking in the world of fashion design, with their individual approaches to sustainability and inclusivity.

Dinara Jurat

Instagram – @diaj

Dinara Jurat is an independent creative designer and founder of DIAJ. Her design practice is dedicated to those who explore self-expression through authentically designed, industrial inspired street wear.

Street wear created by DIAJ aims for gender inclusivity, breaking the barriers of gender norms while challenging one’s comfort zones. DIAJ encourages for fearlessness in making bold statements. Alongside her craft, Dinara also pursues the art of photography as an essential element to her practice. She is dedicated to shooting her own projects and collaborating with other creatives to fulfill her vision.

Dinara is currently studying as a second year Bachelor of Fashion Design student at RMIT

Design practice and inspirations 

I’m mainly focused on street wear fashion and high fashion street-wear.  My designs are usually targeted towards young adults. I prefer designing and making unique pieces rather than producing multiples I think that is why I am so drawn towards rework fashion since every outcome is different. But I am looking into producing a small collection where I can potentially sell my work.

Design techniques and sectors 

I’m still unsure of the specifics of my techniques and sectors because I’m still figuring out what I prefer and still exploring. But recently I’ve been looking into rework fashion where I design and make garments out of old clothing or donated fabrics and such to create a high fashion streetwear inspired look..

Image credit – Dianara Juret

Sofia Stafford

Instagram – @sabatucci_

Sofia Stafford established Sabatucci in 2019 while completing her Bachelor of Fashion Design and Technology at RMIT. Inspired by her passion for performance-arts and her training in classical ballet, Sofia creates dramatic costume-like pieces that emanate a bold sense of character. Born and raised in so-called Melbourne, she re-contextualises her experiences within the club culture of her early adulthood with nostalgic memories from her youth. Acknowledging the many facets of the creative community in Naarm, Sofia encourages freedom of expression by creating playful designs for a wide variety of people. Throughout each collection, she further explores and curates her distinctively playful aesthetic, pushing beyond the boundaries of conventional beauty and gender norms. Sabatucci captures the evolution of fashion and culture, particularly within the cyber space

Design practice

A manifesto of the contemporary zeitgeist and a tribute to the cyber space; Sabatucci entices you into a dreamlike, alternate state. With inspiration drawing deeply from historical references and fantasy, the costume-like garments are crafted through storytelling as an escape from the mundane. Sabatucci bears fearlessly fluid attitude and flaunts drama in its own concept of a vivid reality – disregarding such pieties as gender. Subverting luxury, key pieces are created through up-cycling with authenticity to the brand’s tenacious belief in sustainability. All pieces are ethically designed and manufactured in-house in Naarm, on the land of the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation. Each fabric is carefully selected and sourced locally from opportunity shops and remnant stores, creating very limited runs to diminish overproduction and waste. Customers are encouraged to create long term relationships with their clothes with the offer of lifetime repairs. Through a focus on ethical manufacturing, sustainability, and transparency, Sabatucci creates cleaner, slow fashion, you can feel good about wearing.

Design techniques and sectors

Gender free – Size inclusive – Ethical- Sustainable

Image credit – Sofia Stafford

Srinvanti Roymoulik and new business partner Stephanie Broadbent

Instagram – @shrinroym

Born in India and based in Melbourne, Srinvanti Roymoulik was educated at the National Institute of Fashion Technology Bombay. Since completing her undergraduate degree, she has worked with Converse amongst other brands for three years as a women’s wear designer where she gained industry experience before embarking on her Master of Fashion (Design) at RMIT. Srinvanti was also a winner in iD International Emerging Designers Awards 2020.

Soul Stitch Connection

A collaboration with business partner Stephanie Broadbent, Soul Stitch Connection is a creative therapies and eco-friendly based fashion company comprising of two main areas of focus. The first area is designing garments which are based on various modalities of creative therapies such as visual art, dance, creative writing, eco-therapy and much more! The finished products are sold as garments with a purpose, to give the buyer a garment which tells a story they resonate with which has a positive and uplifting message. The second aspect of Soul Stitch Connection is offering workshops which not only intend to build independent skill sets but also offer creative therapeutic processing of the individual’s world and current or past situations. What comes out of the creative therapies is then applied to a clothing design specifically for the individual. These garments are a victory, a celebratory piece the end of a series of workshops to show what they have achieved through the creative therapies.

Design practice and inspirations

Each garment has a creative therapeutic basis underpinning the design.
When designing a garment, the first choice is to decide which creative modality is going to best serve that piece. This is done by laying out various arts materials such as paints, pastels, inks and more. There is also a space clear for dance or movement as well as access to music. Listening to our intuition, music is selected for the creative process to come and once it is selected the designer sets to work. Music is a great tool for tapping into deeper emotions once the music has shifted the designer into a deeper state of feeling and reflection the creative modality for that garment is chosen. Often it becomes a multi-modal process where several creative modalities are utilised in the one design, for example a popular multi-model process for the design is visual arts and dance. Working with people and seeing them make discoveries and changes in their life through creative processes and seeing the joy on their face as they acknowledge their accomplishments.

Design Ethos
Soul Stitch Connection recognises the many flaws in the fashion industry as far as waste, land fill, agricultural issues, pollution, and human and animal exploitation are concerned. It is a guarantee that in every garment or process of garment making, Soul Stitch Connection assures that the individual buy or make something which is good for them, good for the Earth, and good for the community.
Soul stitch Connection is dedicated to weaving a better world, one stitch at a time, we not only focus on what differences we can make in the fashion industry, but by being creative therapeutically based we are also dedicated to helping people overcome issues, grow from them and change their old thought and feeling systems into ones which better serve and empower them.

Image Courtesy of Soul Stitch Connection

Stephanie Broadbent

Instagram – @WildFlowerCreativeTherapies

Stephanie Broadbent is an arts psychotherapist which operates through her own business known as Wild flower Creative Therapies. Through Wildflower creative Therapies she offers multi and singular modal creative therapies as well as traditional talk psychotherapy. She has a firm belief in an integrative approach with her work, so not only does she offer creative therapies and traditional psychotherapy she also offers explores lifestyle and diet with her clients and offers a range of health and well-being products to assist the individual’s ongoing therapeutic journey. 

Image Courtesy of Soul Stitch Connection

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