Meredith Bullen is an Australian designer currently based in Sydney.
As a designer my work focuses on tailored, classic silhouettes that can be adapted and transformed to suit the wearer, coupled with highly textural and detailed hand- constructed textiles. I recently completed my Honours year at UTS in Sydney, with my graduate collection capturing this design ethos. My work focuses on one of a kind craftsmanship & attention to detail allows a distinctive design signature that celebrates individuality. The juxtaposition of unique contrasting fabrics, oversized shapes & limitless creativity crafts a new Australian elegance.
I began studying Fashion at UTS in 2013, and completed my Honours year in 2016. During my degree I was competitively awarded the Sylvia Osbourne educational grant from the Country Women’s Association. These grants allowed me to travel to India in 2014 for an intensive textile workshop. This allowed me to produce garments and projects that truly captured my design aesthetic and allowed me to push the boundaries of what I thought I could achieve as a designer. At the beginning of 2016 I was fortunate to win a scholarship for my graduate collection from the Australian Wool Education Trust, an educational body aiming to encourage the use of wool by emerging designers. This sponsorship enabled me to source and use beautiful woollen denim and yarn within my graduate collection.
My first collection ADAPT Autumn/Winter 2017 is a mixed collection. Inspired by the early Australian settler & the integral relationship between the landscape, body & dress. Textured hand constructed woollen weaves echo the qualities of the rural bush country, alongside utilitarian denim. Adaptability & transformation is explored through oversized workwear inspired pieces.
Following the completion of my Honours year at UTS, I was selected as one of ten finalists for the Australian Fashion Foundation Scholarship for 2016/2017. In March I was fortunate to be selected, alongside 12 other emerging designers, to show my graduate collection at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival for their National Graduate Showcase. Also, two of my graduate pieces are currently on display at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney for their Student Fashion Exhibition.
My future aspirations within the fashion industry centre on the international spectrum. I have been accpeted into an MFA in Fashion Design and Society at Parsons School of Design in New York, which will enable me to gain another level of experience in studying design and to further develop my own design portfolio. In the future I hope to work for international fashion brands such as; Marni, Proenza Schouler, Acne Studios or Chloe; all of which have been an inspiration to me during my years of study. I also hope to one day start my own fashion label, that focuses on creating signature pieces that will last, adapt and integrate alongside the wearer.