Saturday, August 4, 2012


Photographer David Higgs
Stylist Yumika Hoskin
Model Maria Mirabella FRM
Swimsuits Renee Le Hunt

These two images were part of a test shoot/folio building images for all involved. I lent my swimsuits to Yumika who I have worked with before. Yumika is always professional and reliable with garments and styles lovely imagery. She has a way of creating a story and mood which I always find alluring. David Higgs photography is immaculate as expected with a great use of lighting and composition. When I received these shots I was so happy to see swimwear shot in a different way, I have wanted to shoot my collection in a studio and these are an example of how effective it can be by simplifying the background, focusing attention to the model and styling therefore the fashion element.

I may come across as someone who likes everything this is not always the case as I am quite critical when it comes to my own work and creative work of others. I have a constructive point of view but I also appreciate others creative vision. Fashion, photography, modeling and many other creative outlets demand respect as there is often a grey area between right and wrong. On occasion there may be no wright or wrong answer rather degree of skill and experience. It is obvious to those in the industry that people can be cynical of fashion and don't see that more often than not there is no resolution, designers/stylists and the like could constantly change and improve their work however they must instead decide when and where to stop whilst still producing quality outcomes with integrity and professionalism.

My respect for Yumika and David is immense and grows each time I see pieces of their work and I would not hesitate to work with them if ever the opportunity arose. They do what they love which is uplifting.

Thursday, April 5, 2012


A series of images which showcased my swimwear was published on with a write up by Tania Braukamper about my swimwear collection and the picturesque photo shoot. The series includes newly edited photo's and also some additions which were not previously posted on my blog.

Designer Renee Le Hunt
Photography David Higgs
Model Laura Andric @ Viviens
Stylist Yumika Hoskin
MUA Kristin Olds

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Saturday, March 10, 2012


Photographer Yatzek Studios
Model Lindzay @ FRM
Stylist Claire Mueller
Swimwear Designer Renee Le Hunt

As a Design Graduate interest in my swimwear has been quite surprising. Many photographers, stylists and models have been in contact via facebook. Often students who I am mostly more than happy to help out as I am in the same position a creative trying to break into the industry which requires a solid portfolio amongst many other requirements! I therefore have been quite selective to who I offer pieces to as it impacts on my image as well as theirs. Quality is key to achieving a successful outcome, which I am extremely particular about. The people I choose to collaborate with are inspiring and have a lot to offer which I hope they see in me and my work as well. These two images were my first collaboration in which I had no control and sent my swimsuits off with hope for some stunning images.

Claire Mueller a stylist with a background in costume and fashion design was planning a shoot in which she asked me to be a part of as a contributing designer. I was more than happy to oblige offering selected pieces from my graduate collection as Claire shows an ability to create an eclectic style which remains glamorous and high end. These are attributes that I want my work to reflect as they are integral to my design philosophy.

The two images above were my favorites from a small selection I was sent. I hope you enjoy them!

Sunday, February 5, 2012


Embodied - Final Presentation
Bachelor of Design (Fashion) Fourth Year final presentation. In November I presented my body of work to a panel of assessors including Karen Webster (Program Director) and Glen Rollason (Pattern Maker extraordinaire) my studio leaders and Robyn Healy Program Director to name a few.

This was an opportunity to present all of my work which I had spent countless hours producing. It is not only the physical work but the thoughts and planning behind it. The display was important to communicate my message to the assessors which was challenging because of the space we had to work with. The level 10 studio's are far from inspiring and therefore required thought and planning to utilise the space. I think I managed to create a mood that was in line with my collection.

It was so hard to choose which images to use for posters as I had two amazing photo shoots, in the end I went with images that minimal judges on the panel had seen and would create the most visual impact. I wanted to project my collection as luxury or premium products which I felt was clear in these images. I also needed the two posters to work individually and as a collective which must then be reinforced in the rest of my presentation in order to show cohesiveness. This was hard as I really wanted to use the other shoot as well so I had to compromise. I created two look books one for each shoot and displayed accordingly not to confuse the panel. These were quality publications that were streamline and reinforced the image I was presenting.

I displayed most of my toiles and patterns which I worked on extensively throughout the year. It took time to adjust patterns to achieve the desired fit and aesthetic which was a challenge with time constraints. It was extremely important to show my toiles as they were a part of my design development as each piece evolved through the making process as I refined my design during the construction process.

Mannequins were used to display my swim suits this proved a challenge as Level Ten have varied mannequins in different colours and sizes so to find mannequins that are appropriate and then enough of them were difficult as other students needed them as well! I chose two sets to display my work. Flesh mannequins were used during the fit process therefore show the best fit and black mannequins used to display an image that is more appealing to the fashion eye. I feel all the choices I made presented a unified image that was creative yet simplistic instantly impacting on the audience.

*Note these images were taking night before presentation and print was moved from behind table to behind mannquins.


Photography Al Habjan
Model Emily Macfarlane Scene Model Management
Make up Kristin Olds

Behind the scenes images Renee Le Hunt

These behind the scenes images show some of the dynamics between the team. Emily was so effortlessly stunning but worked so incredibly hard changing up poses and allowing me to add hats, sunglasses and accessories between shots. Al made a point of letting Emily and I see the progress so that we could evaluate what was and wasn't working and how we could make it better.  Al braved the icy cold water and steep rocks to get great angles which really showed how much dedication he had in order to get the perfect shot! 


Photography Al Habjan
Model Emily Macfarlane Scene Model Management
Make Up Kristin Olds

Al is a recent graduate from the RMIT photography program who I was fortunate enough to collaborate with! We both were looking to build our folios and this provided us both an opportunity to be creative and achieve a professional outcome using skills we had acquired through University and external experiences. These were my favourite images that I felt most strongly represented my work and his abilities. We both spent a lot of time sorting through inspirational pictures that gave us direction on what we were trying to achieve. This shoot was such a positive experience and set the tone for collaborations which will be hard for others to meet!


These images that I took give you an insight into our photo shoot. We had already cancelled and rescheduled due to weather conditions and had some sunshine throughout the day that set the scene. Each component came together quite smoothly which was a mixture of experience, vision and experimentation. I think the results speak for themselves as I was extremely happy and greatful for all their hard work!

Photographer David Higgs
Stylist Yumika Hoskin
Model Laura Andric Viviens Model Management
Make up Kristin Olds

Behind the scenes images Renee Le Hunt


Photography David Higgs
Stylist Yumika Hoskin
Model Laura Andric Viviens Model Management
Make up Kristin Olds

The oppourtunity to work with a professional team for a photoshoot was amazing. The planning and preparation in order to coordinate the team was challenging but provided results that were highly rewarding. Beach or location shoots can be difficult as it is hard to predict weather, Laura braved cold winds to get these effortless images. I feel each element and team member worked which  complimented my capsule collection.



 Renee Le Hunt:swimwear done right -

(note not direct quotes some answers have been altered)

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week provided an international platform to showcase my 2011 Graduate Collection - Embodied. I showed a capsule collection of six swimsuits which I developed from concept to finished product, focusing on fit and flattering the female form. This was a milestone in my time at RMIT University. The experience provided insight into the Fashion Industry and allowed me to reflect on my practise prior finishing my degree. The ability to see my designs featured in a professional industry setting was a moment to remember and something I feel very priveleged to be a part of. The talent at RMIT is undeniable and to be showcased amongst students with such astounding abilities who have been my friends for the past four years was a breath taking experience.