Last night 200 wonderfully dressed students, academics, members of the press, friends and family gathered at QUT's Glass House to celebrate the 6th edition of Frock Paper Scissors, the student fashion magazine. Officially launched by Linsey Rendell, editor of the beautiful Seam magazine, there were cheese platters aplenty and one bespectacled tiny tot who almost stole the show from my vantage point (too cute!).
This year's edition, together with its impressive website, is testimony to the talent and hard work of the editorial team headed by Madison Drabble and Meagan Lawrence (print) and Susan Haines and Tess Cameron (online), overseen by effervescent course convener Kay McMahon, creatively directed by Sonia Kwek and artfully laid out by Lauren Gibson and team.
The magazine is a 76-page explosion of young talent with bright, bold, engaging photography complementing features on fashion's digital imprint, sun-smart sartorial moves, the politics of clothing under oppressive regimes, social sewing, crowd sourcing, the "heritarian man", and Brisbane's whimsical Winn Lane. Supported by eight pages of advertising, it showcases some fantastic journalistic writing and creative fashion styling.
This year's website is the ultimate counterpart, boasting a cast of stories in the news and features section curated and sub-edited by Zoe Mellick and Ashley Tucker. Learn about Papergirl Brisbane, consciousness-raising fashion installations, and quirky fashion destinations in Ipswich, and take a lesson in sewing in 'The Hemming Way' tutorial.
The students will be distributing the magazine around Brisbane this week, so keep a look out in cafes and boutiques for a glimpse of the grey and white cover. The Satchel might have a small stash herself, so be sure to email firstname.lastname@example.org with your address if you'd like to reserve a copy.
It is always a privilege to see the students from start to fruition, such is their diversity of talent and energetic drive. And it's no secret that many Frock alumni go onto do wonderful things in publishing (it just so happens that one scored a job at SBS Feast magazine just this week!).
A BIG congratulations to all involved and thank you for having me.
|Editors Meaghan Lawrence (left) and Madison Drabble launching the magazine|
|Moi and Meaghan|
|And with Linsey from Seam magazine|