Queensland College of Art fashion design students will create one-off illustrations of the Fashions on the Field at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Melbourne Cup Day.
Dr Tim Lindgren, who leads the Fashion Design course at the Queensland College of Art, said fashion illustration was making a comeback.
“In the age of the selfie, where everyone is a photographer, people are rediscovering the art of fashion illustration,” he said.
“It allows you to exaggerate the moment and create an idea that is larger than life.
“This is a great opportunity for our students to get front and centre at a fashion event and capture the magic.”
Fashion takes centre stage on Melbourne Cup Day
Brisbane Racing Club CEO Dave Whimpey said fashion played a major role at the Spring Carnival.
“On Melbourne Cup Day, fashion is certainly at its finest with racegoers all over Brisbane putting their personal touch to their outfit on the day,” he said.
“The Spring Carnival is about so much more than just racing – on Melbourne Cup Day, fashion is at its finest.
“Eagle Farm Racecourse is delighted to have budding fashion designers and artists at the track to capture the city’s most stylish racegoers.”
Design students up for the challenge
Griffith University fashion student Charlotte Balfour is among the group of students selected to sketch this year’s Fashions on the Field, and says she is looking forward to the challenge.
“I think there is a real sense of occasion at the races – people take their ensembles to a whole new level with the headpieces and accessories,” she said.
“Fashion illustration is a great way to capture all of the unique details and bring some of the history and culture of fashion to the racetrack.”
Forging industry connections
Industry collaborations are a key focus of the Queensland College of Art – and a drawcard for students.
Aspiring designer Jenny Chiang is in her first year of the Bachelor of Digital Media at the QCA, and said the project was a way to build industry connections.
“This is a great opportunity to meet people in the fashion industry, see new ideas and check out the latest trends,” she said.