Melanie Read

RMIT Bachelor of Fashion (Design)

Future Archive is my emerging research-based design project developed through the BA Fashion (Design) program. Future Archive strives to understand and critique contemporary consumer and material culture through the act of archiving discarded fashion items and exploring systems of reassigning value and sentimentality to items otherwise deemed as waste. I have developed editions of Future Archive that act as an alternative to seasonal collections and allow for one theme to be explored in depth while using the existing project framework. The realisation of each edition engages with research and invites contributions from a cross-disciplinary creative community.

RMIT Bachelor of Fashion (Design)

Future Archive is my emerging research-based design project developed through the BA Fashion (Design) program. Future Archive strives to understand and critique contemporary consumer and material culture through the act of archiving discarded fashion items and exploring systems of reassigning value and sentimentality to items otherwise deemed as waste. I have developed editions of Future Archive that act as an alternative to seasonal collections and allow for one theme to be explored in depth while using the existing project framework. The realisation of each edition engages with research and invites contributions from a cross-disciplinary creative community.

Project Title: Future Archive

Image 1: Digital zine mock up
Photographer: Jessica Grilli @jessicagrilliphoto
Model: Melanie Read
Formatting and editing: Melanie Read

Image 2: Future Archive prospective advertising campaign
Digital collage: Melanie Read

Image 3: The Future Archive as it stands
Photographer: Melanie Read

Image 4: Hands Entering Pockets spread
Photographer: Jessica Grilli @jessicagrilliphoto
Model: Melanie Read

Image 5: Materials in Urban Landscapes spread
Photographer: Melanie Read

Image 6: Is There a Universal Dream Pocket?
Hero image photographer: Jessica Grilli @jessicagrilliphot
Flat lay images photographer: Melanie Read

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