We are proud to announce that LCI Melbourne graduate, Reginia Anzela, is the state and national winner of the 2020 Graduate of the Year Awards (GOTYA), in the fashion design category.
The winners were announced yesterday at the DIA’s virtual GOTYA ceremony. Reginia has been recognised for her excellence and creativity in fashion design, by the Design Institute of Australia.
Reginia is a designer who values her experimentation with simple garments, while infusing beauty and function into each piece. Born and raised in Indonesia, she was fascinated by the normality in her surroundings. Her awareness of tiny details, such as the colour and texture of her walls, has given her the ability to create clothing pieces that are simple, functional, and sustainable.
Reginia completed a Diploma of Fashion Design at LaSalle College in Jakarta (2015), graduating with the Best Student Award in Excellent Services. However, Reginia decided to further her studies. This led her to LCI Melbourne, where she received a Bachelor of Design Arts in Fashion and Costume Design (2019).
Reginia displayed brilliance and ingenuity while studying at both campuses. For the past six years of her life, Reginia has cultivated her knowledge and experiences from university and her work as an assistant designer in Indonesia. Some of her notable work includes designing uniforms for a prestigious hotel in Jakarta, designing a seasonal collection for a local brand and releasing her own online collection.
While studying at LCI Melbourne, Reginia designed her UNTO collection, which has been awarded the prestigious design award from DIA, as the state and national front runner in the fashion design category.
We spoke with Reginia earlier in the week to hear what she had to say about her design journey, the virtual GOTYA ceremony and her advice for future artists and designers.
Congratulations on your accomplishments in the DIA’s GOTYA 2020! What has the experience been like? How do you think COVID-19 has impacted this?
First of all, the experience has been overwhelming and I was left astounded. Looking back, I think I won’t be the only one to say that the journey to get to this point wasn’t easy.
The creation of the design was tedious, time-consuming, and emotional. This coupled with the six-month gap after submissions, would have left many contestants (including myself) feeling rather anxious and excited about the results. With this, it is my greatest pleasure to have received this prestigious award. I felt very much appreciated and blessed that my designs have been recognised and appraised by a prestigious institution such as the DIA.
Truthfully speaking, I was expecting a grand physical ceremony, where our designs would be displayed in a venue for others to appreciate. Before COVID-19, I was excited to see the other creations and meet up with the creators themselves. I was hoping that I could foster new friendships or at least have meaningful conversations about our creations.
However, life is unpredictable, but I still remain hopeful that one day I will meet up with my fellow aspiring designers to have our overdue conversations.
What are the inspirations for your work?
My inspiration usually comes from what I find interesting, which originated mostly from my surroundings. For example, my earlier works have been heavily inspired by normal things such as a crumpled envelope, an accidental blurry photo, or even something as simple as the evening light hitting my wall.
However, the inspiration from my recent graduate collection “UNTO” came from the past. Looking back to my very first piece, I remember how my design encapsulates the ideas of clean-cut, loose silhouettes and experimentation. For this collection, I wanted to build on those design aspects, while improving my design ethos using the experiences that I have cultivated over the past 2 years at LCI Melbourne.
As a result of this, “UNTO” was born with silhouettes that are trendier, versatile, cleaner and most importantly sustainable.
After completing their studies at LCI Melbourne in 2019, Lilah Benetti and Kanya Khieo-On started No Ordinary Design Era, operating under the acronym NODE. NODE is a design restoration business, dedicated to the slow experience; sourcing, restoring and rehoming vintage objects from another time and place.
Photo Credit: Lilah Benetti