Demetra Kakopieros, whose collection is titled Symphonies in the
Black, aims to confront people with her designs, which have been
described as "dark and fierce". A passionate animal lover,
Kakopieros wants people to rethink how animals are exploited for and
by the fashion industry.
"I design my work based on trying to capture a feeling or
emotion with my audience," she said.
This includes evoking thought and emotion and to challenge people's
perceptions. She's motivated by the fact that most of the animal and
environmental exploitation in the industry is fairly invisible, and
generally not the first thing on people's minds when they're admiring
a fashion artwork.
East year the Powerhouse Museum displays fashion outfits designed by
talented final year students from different fashion schools in the
Sydney area. Kakopieros is doubly honoured that two of her designs
have been selected for the exhibition.
"It's incredible," she said. "It's an amazing
opportunity to expose your designs to such a broad audience and for
such a long period."
She has also been selected to have some of her work displayed during
Australian Fashion Week in May. After that she will be flying to
Amsterdam to begin a highly-coveted internship with Dutch fashion
designer, Van Herpen.