A Captive Audience

Georgia McCorkill

Fashion designer and PhD candidate.
This blog is an “online scrapbook” for my research focusing on sustainable special occasion-wear, or, as I’m referring to it at the moment “Red Carpet” fashion. An outfit intended to be worn once might be seen as the antithesis of sustainability, so how might these outfits be made more sustainably? Can their captivating properties be subverted to promote an ethical message?

Here you will find a messy and haphazard compilation of articles, thoughts and inspiration.  You are welcome to have a poke around and if this area is of interest I would love to hear from you.

captiveaudienceblog at gmail dot com



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I love the dress you made for Zoe Tuckwell-Smith. My favourite of the evening, very clever use of material and stunning design.

Comment by Tracy

Hi Tracy,
Thanks very much! It was a great project to work on. I like your blog too, a great collection of thoughts.
Georgia x

Comment by captiveaudience2

HI Georgia…
I love the dress that you made for Zoe tuckwell smith.. i think its a fabulous idea..
Im doing a project on sustainable and economical fashion and you have been really inspiring for me 🙂 Can i just ask you a few questions?
What inspired you to start designing sustainable cothing? How long did it take for you to make Zoe’s dress? Where did you get all the fabric from? and Do you think that more designers after you would follow your example?

It would really help if you could answer these questions for me 🙂 THANK YOU

Comment by Vsilva

Of course!
What inspired you to start designing sustainable clothing?
Researching and reading about the impacts of the fashion industry on the environment. I love the fashion industry, it’s where I’ve made my career, but there are aspects that I don’t love, and when I was thinking about what to research for my PhD, this area came up as something that was really worthwhile and became something I really wanted to do. It also coincided with a broader awareness of environmental issues that was happening in my life in general at the time.
How long did it take for you to make Zoe’s dress?
A friend who works on Winners and Losers suggested the idea might appeal to Zoe on New Years Eve last year, I made contact with her and it went from there. It took quite a long time to make, there were several design concepts drawn up before we settled on the final one, and then a total of four fittings. Even though it started early it still always comes down to the last weeks where I worked pretty solidly on it for the week or two before the event.
Where did you get all the fabric from?
The sequinned georgette and the heavy silk satin underlay are remnant pieces left over after cutting regular dresses that were given to me by several Melbourne designers. The silk lining and the silk georgette used in the skirt were purchased new from a store called Beautiful Silks that has a great range of undyed silks ready for dyeing. The shapewell and vilene used in the corset were purchased from a conventional fabric store.
Do you think that more designers after you would follow your example?
It would be nice if they did! I have the luxury of doing this as a research project and I don’t have the pressure of running a business which I acknowledge is difficult for a designer. This process is lengthy and not an easily commercial one, however labels like From Somewhere have made a commercial label out of up-cycling the manufacturing remnants of others. The best thing would be if designers created systems for using the waste in their own business, and customers encouraged this practice through seeing “imperfections” as potentially beautiful. My favourite “sustainable” designers all regard ethical processes and materials as their source of inspiration, rather that a hindrance or source of frustration, by treating the issue in this way they are able to create unique systems.
The other thing I’m doing though is using a dress to talk to a broad audience about something that I think is important, as a form of activism, and what I would love to see is more designers using their fashion practice to talk about the issues that are important to them and the world.
Hope that helps!

Comment by captiveaudience2

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