Abhaya Aullen Mistry studies fashion design at RMIT University, and has has been chosen to present pieces from her final year collection at MFW’s Student Runway – RMIT.
What are the highs and lows of life as a fashion student?
Learning how to think and respond critically in our field of enquiry is essential and the indulgence of developing a craft is a pleasure and a luxury. But there is a lot of hard work involved, plenty of self doubt, countless all nighters, a bank balance that hovers around empty and a tonne of commonwealth debt.
What’s your first fashion memory?
Filling my neon-orange Velcro wallet with loose change but also three sisters and a lot of hand-me-downs.
Who is your fashion icon?
A Buzzfeed quiz told me it was Tilda Swinton but I wish I got RiRi instead because she’s crushing. Though, without my mother’s style influence it’s possible I would still be wearing Billabong, un-ironically.
How many coffees do you drink a day? If none, what’s your substitute?
Two and then tea.
What fabrics, textures and colours can we expect to see in your runway collection?
Witchy green metallic vinyls, pink crepes, heavy crunchy viscoses, 3D anaglyph prints, quilted flowers and plenty of brown.
How would you describe your personal fashion style?
Lounge funeral attire with a sprinkle of the 86 tram line.
What song would you walk the runway to?
If you found me on the runway something’s gone wrong!