Lauren Acciarito has completed her graduate year at the internationally renowned Bachelor of Design (Fashion) (Honours) at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Throughout the four years, Acciarito has appreciated the combination of texture, natural elements and the ways in which they can be used to dictate form. Acciarito has relished her work experience opportunities, previously interning with Josh Goot and Therese Rawsthorne. With these invaluable opportunities and experiences she developed a strong understanding of the fashion industry, with not only design, but also the business structure of a fashion company and retailer.
With a passion for nature, nurtured by a close relationship with her Grandmother (an avid gardener) Lauren chose to explore the structural folds and form of flowers. Inspired by great American female artists Imogen Cunningham and Georgia O’Keefe, the cross connection between the physical form of flowers and the female body was an important theme in her collection. Working with Think Positive Prints art director Emilie Cacace to develop the prints, Lauren photographed flowers sourced from Sydney’s Grandiflora florist, digitally layering the photographs to experiment with colour and contrast. The collection was very dependent on the fabrication. Laurenworked with foam to recreate the petal shapes along the lines of the female form. She decided on the Silk Faille as the base cloth for the artwork to be printed on. Sourcing a foam bonding company, Lauren had the foam ‘laminated’ with the digital print creating an entirely new textile – an exciting moment after a long and difficult period of experimentation to achieve desired form.