Nessie Croft is a freelance fashion practitioner currently based in Melbourne. She is a 2016 graduate of the Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours) program at RMIT University, and since completion has been focusing on developing her textile-based practice which explores the relationship between materiality and the wearer, creating outcomes that provoke the viewer’s perception of traditional textile appropriation.
Her graduate project and previous work are a reflection of a continuous research project that investigates the natural lineage between textile exploration and societal cues; enlisting mechanisms that challenge garment archetypes and their related context. The development of her practice has seen design outcomes based upon socially constructed boundaries towards discarded cloth and their associated narratives, through to a design methodology which now invites a more theoretical approach to the communicative power of fashion and its formation around the body. Her work aims to create outcomes that generate emotional connectivity with an aesthetic that encourages longevity.
Nessie presented her 2016 graduate collection as part of the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week RMIT Emerging Graduate Runway and her graduate collection saw her selected as one of the top ten finalist for the Australian Fashion Foundation Awards, held in Sydney in 2016.