This year’s graduates of the Sydney Institute of Fashion Design Studio selected for The Innovators runway show at MBFWA, each presented a 12 piece collection to showcase the culmination of their years of study. One of the most anticipated shows, the designers featured aren’t restrained by commerciality which means they can be a bit more adventurous with their creations.



Milner’s label STURM & DRANG was born out of a desire to create garments that are feminine without being girly and strong without being masculine. The collection focuses on reviving traditional arts and crafts through fashionable applications, collaborating with artisans to keep their trade alive.



Heavily influence by all things sci-fi and psychedelic, Baldwin’s collection was inspired by reptilian like sins and furs with Baldwin recreating these naturally occurring textures with unnatural materials such as cellophane and cable ties.



An eclectic mix of textures and textiles inspired by the natural landscape. The traditional crafts of hand weaving, smocking, knitting, embroidery and fabric manipulation have been employed using leather, wool, silk, raffia, and plastic. The standout accessory was a headpiece covered in tiny armymen which looked like coral.



Inspired by the famous painting Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch, Thai’s collection combined beautiful weaves and knits with light crystal embellishments.



Goerlach collection ‘Tibbity’ was influenced by her favourite fairytale ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Constructed using mostly natural fabrics – silks, silk and cotton blends as well as leather, wools, alpaca and cashmere yarns, Goerlach used the techniques she learnt to create a diverse collection with a quirky twist.

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Lisa Teh

Lisa Teh is the Editor-in-chief of, one of Australia's top fashion, beauty and lifestyle resources. She has worked on campaigns with brands including David Jones, Myer, Mecca Cosmetica, Simone Perele, Lenovo and L'Oreal. She recently appeared in Couturing's exclusive Australian Fashion Week reality web series, The Frow, alongside top industry names including Toni Maticevski and Maybelline Creative Director Nigel Stanislaus.

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