As summer slowly draws to an end, we’re already looking ahead to a season filled with fashion. Meet Meg Kolac, the third RMIT fashion design student to showcase her work as part of the Blondes to Brunettes + RMIT Fashion Friendship: 365 Days of Design by RMIT Fashion Design Students.
Striking colour combinations, quirky simplicity and a whimsical modern hint of retro, are inherent in the aesthetics of up-and-coming designer and fashion illustrator, Meg Kolac.
Meg’s love of Fashion Illustration is evident and she has been able to convert her lively, colourful drawings into exciting and wearable garments, which reflect who she is as a designer.
Meg is also inspired by the wild and graphic prints of fashion designers Basso & Brooke as well as the beautiful lines of Thierry Perez and David Downton’s fashion drawings.
Her interest in art and design flourished throughout her later high school years and her work was presented as part of the Top Designs exhibition in 2007. She was also nominated for Top Arts, as well as winning a number of folio and design awards within her school.
This year, Meg is studying for her final year of the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) at RMIT University, where she has gained invaluable knowledge and experience in tailoring, lingerie, swimwear and millinery.
RMIT University is known for its conceptual approach to fashion and Meg’s design philosophy is evident in her third year collection, This Way Up, which not only implies a hopeful and promising future, but reflects a knock-about elegance.
“Clothes that are bright and exuberant, yet comfortable to wear, should not be left in their boxes for years,” she says. “If they’re comfortable then we should celebrate that and wear them to death”.
Meg has done work experience with The Australian Ballet, Grab Denim and well known and respected Melbourne labels including Scanlan & Theodore and Megan Park. Meg has also been a volunteer at the L‘Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival.
Meg has been involved in various sports and although she ran competitively for many years, she no longer desires to run marathons at the Olympics! Her other interest is music and she can be seen around town playing Double Bass in a 1950s pop inspired duo.
Meg enthusiastically acknowledges the synergy between music and fashion, which perfectly compliments her fun sense of styling and joy in dressing the band, or the audience.