Dion Lee at VAMFF 2018

Once awarded with the L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival National Designer Award (and many more) it’s not possible to imagine Lee without VAMFF on Runway 1. It’s known as one of the Festival’s long-awaited runways, presented by vogue.com.au and supported by L’Oréal Paris.

Dion Lee Designer

 

A Dion Lee: Note from the past by Vogue.com.au 12.30.08 At times it must seem to Dion Lee like he is balancing the weight of the entire Australian fashion industry, and at 24 that’s quite a load to bear. But while his star may be ascending swiftly, the attention to detail has not been compromised.

Inspired by the construction of clothing, traditional tailoring techniques are cleverly morphed with experimental treatments, resulting in cutting-edge garments that are also highly functional – working women seek out the designer’s sharp jackets just as discerning party girls clamber for his inventive cocktail frocks.

It is a duality that seems to inform every aspect of Lee’s work – modern verses classic, structured verses fluid, understated verses arresting – and the reason why the excitement continues to build around this promising talent.

Dion Lee. designer

Dion Lee, designer -NYC- 2018

Currently:  Australian promising talent Dion Lee showing his ready-to-wear Fall 2018 collection at VAMFF on March 3 needs just a duality again that inspires every aspect of Lee’s work. Combining modernity versus classic, draped versus smoothed and tailored versus soft lines.

When the 32-year-old Sydney native split his namesake label between Australia and New York, he had the idea of mixing his collection either. It was about two different cultures with a beautiful relationship with nature and due to that the asymmetrical workwear-life from stateside.

Always working the tailored jacket into the collections, it starts to influence the rest of it, he says, it reflects what he couldn’t do previously. As well as he often works with a male perspective, he puts the clothing of men and women into context. Even here Lee puts duality together.

Dion Lee Resort 2017

With the attention to detail, tailoring techniques, experimental shapes, and drapes (by the way, enjoy this wordplay), fashion people visiting VAMFF should be anxious which discerning working-women versus party-girls collection they can expect on March 6 at 7.30pm.

So much for that: If you haven’t seen the lingerie facets into military sharp-cut suits with mesh inserts (très chic and sensual) matched with zippers and leather belts, metallic details and loads of other craftsmanships, you missed New York’s Fashion Week!

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