The Endless Garment: The New Craft of Machine Knitting

The Endless Garment celebrates the virtuosity and future directions of the new craft of machine knitting which is changing the way fashion is designed and made.

RMIT Gallery is proud to present a stunning collection of cutting edge knit fashion in a major new exhibition to showcase the combination of computerised industrial knitting machines and international fashion design.

The exhibition will showcase the work of 10 international and Australian designers:

Featuring:

  • ISSEY MIYAKE (Japan)
  • SANDRA BACKLUND (Sweden)
  • WALTER VAN BEIRENDONCK (Belgium)
  • COOPERATIVE DESIGNS (UK)
  • MARK FAST (UK)
  • NIKKI GABRIEL (Australia)
  • YOSHIKI HISHINUMA (Japan)
  • SAVERIO PALATELLA (Italy)
  • FREDDIE ROBINS (UK)
  • SIBLING (UK)

Curated by: Robyn Healy and Ricarda Bigolin

Staged during the 2010 L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, the exhibition displays new forms, experimental sampling and a series of ‘mini labs’ displaying computerised knitting machines producing experimental fashion.

Gallery visitors will be able to watch technology in action producing highly original and experimental fashion design.

Dai Fujiwara, Creative Director of ISSEY MIYAKE Creative Room, will give a special public lecture at Storey Hall on 17 March 6-8pm.

Successful Australian knitwear designer Nikki Gabriel will make a special address at the opening on Thursday 11 February 6-8 pm. A model will be wearing her clothes at the event.

Nikki, now based in New Zealand, will conduct a workshop at RMIT Gallery on 12 February featuring her highly popular Construction Patterns and imported yarn.

Exhibition dates: 12 February - 21 March 2010

Video of The Endless Garment opening night




SANDRA BACKLUND, Stockholm. Control-C collection 2009. Photographer Peter Gehrke

SANDRA BACKLUND, Stockholm
Control-C collection 2009
Photographer Peter Gehrke.

SANDRA BACKLUND, Stockholm. Control-C collection 2009. Photographer Peter Gehrke

SANDRA BACKLUND, Stockholm
Control-C collection 2009
Photographer Peter Gehrke.

WALTER VAN BIERENDONCK, Antwerp. Skin King collection autumn-winter 08/09. Photographer Ronald Stoops

WALTER VAN BIERENDONCK, Antwerp
Skin King collection autumn-winter 08/09
Photographer Ronald Stoops.


SIBLING, London, Collection 2 January 2009. Photographer Thomas Giddings for SIBLING

SIBLING, London, Collection 2 January 2009 Photographer Thomas Giddings for SIBLING.

 SIBLING, London, Collection 1 May 2008. Photographer Rob Meyers for SIBLING

SIBLING, London, Collection 1 May 2008 Photographer Rob Meyers for SIBLING.