Futures Unthreaded Fashion Festival
Eliza Fairbairn | On 16, Oct 2015
Ever wonder what it would be like to combine history, fashion, edgeÂ and finesseÂ in the same scene? Look no further than the Futures Unthreaded fashion festival
Futures Unthreaded was held on Saturday the 10th of October, in Brisbane’s most notorious prison – Boggo Road Jail. It was a stray away from traditional, even managing to escape the boundaries of modern everyday garments.
Futures Unthreaded endeavours to promote emerging young designers, showcasing their youth and creativity to the world of fashion. Producer and designer Nikita Bedwell’s heartfelt determination in supporting and raising awareness of a sustainable and non-exploitativeÂ fashion industry displays her unique perspective of an industry tarnished by ethically challenging issues. As if that wasn’t enough for one person to handle the event was also held for charity – to raise funds for mental health awareness with proceeds going to the charitable work of RFQ.
Bedroll’s hard work and creative demeanour was evident throughout the evening withÂ burlesque performers, laser light shows, exclusive designs and an array of canapÃ©s- all this with a prison backdrop. The uniquely notorious backdrop of Brisbane’s Boggo Road Gaol created a chilling atmosphere perfectly matched by lightÂ sounds echoed by instrumental tonesÂ escaping theÂ speakers. Three towering buildings surrounded the awaiting audience with individual pathways leading to the centre of the stage and it soon dawned on us that we were sitting where prisoners once roamed. I overheard voices – conversing about the ghostly presence they felt whilst sitting amongst the crowd of onlookers, another sense adding to the real sense of purpose and atmosphere created by the show.
As the models strutted down the runway, we were privy to soulful stylish deigns that had never been seen before – as stated by Style magazine as a “fashion show with a difference”
This soon became evident as the designs, ambience and backdrop of theÂ show portrayed a unique approach to the traditional runway show. The designers included the unique and expressive texturesÂ of Amber Lynch (age 19), harmonious spirited stylesÂ of duo Kirsty Campbell (20) and Elissa Valenzuela (20), the edgy but delicate designsÂ of Alexandra Chiotakis (19) and classic yet ethically sustainable garments of Cia Gallant-Guilfoyle (18). These young, adventurous,Â forward-thinking designers showcased their remarkable skills on the night as they flaunted beautiful, soulful, edgy and feminine designs.
Nikita has not only successfully unraveled the next generation of designers in the Futures Unthreaded but placed a spotlight on the unhealthy subcultures which in her own words is seen when “young people are filled with anxiety due to bullying behaviour and elections about weight”. Her ambition to showcase designs with a difference has paid off as the audience was drawn into another world of hardship and ill health through raising awareness of mental health issues affecting many AustraliansÂ today.
For more information about the Futures Unthreaded Fashion Festival – and the producer herself visitÂ Futures Unthreaded online,
Image credits: Callum Doward for Scenestr