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From truck driving and farming to textiles and fashion design, Cordelia’s life is one of extremes, one that she works to bring together in her concepts and designs.
Cordelia Gibbs was brought up on a Merino Sheep stud in the regional town of Beverley in WA and still visits and works on farms when she can, so has an ongoing connection to country Australia; the land, the work and the people.
Her background in wool production has carried through in her work with a passion for wool for garment design and for cultural and historical inspiration.
She began studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Fashion in 2010, a journey that has led her to study wool from an academic point of view and investigate design potential. Earning her Bachelor Degree in 2013, she has spent the last year continuing her research in wool in an Honours Degree. Overall, her work explores the notion of identity in colonial Australia but also exists as a base from which to explore her own identity.
Her graduate collection, A Life in Wool, merges work wear inspired garments with wool fabrics and handcraft as a way of celebrating the Australian Wool Producer, and has become a basis for the continuation of work in this area. Her Honours research collection, with the support of a thesis, investigated the importance of wool in colonial Australia with a six-look menswear collection inspired by Australia’s history with the use of fine wool suiting, hand felting, knitting and rust dying techniques.
In 2015 she was offered the opportunity to produce the Summer 2015/16 menswear collection for Fremantle based ethical label, Anjel Ms. Following this, Cordelia was offered a position as designer for Anjel Ms, continuing the relationship in 2016 with ‘Cordelia Gibbs for Anjel Ms’.
This year, Cordelia has become a part of Curtin University Fashion Incubator program in collaboration with industry partner DHouse Australia. The Incubator is an innovative platform supporting recent fashion graduates in redefining garment customisation by use of Body Scanning and Computer Aided Design. The program will culminate with an online store launching in early 2017.
Speaker for The Love Thread Project, Fashion For Good
Featured at FABSOC Fashion Forward Fest
Featured at RAW Perth: VERSE
Exhibited at Town of Claremont ARTTRA
Featured at FoxFeet Summer Runway, Urban Wasteland
Invited to represent Curtin University Fashion at Malaysia Fashion Week
Released 'Cordelia Gibbs for Anjel Ms' Autumn, Winter and Spring/Summer
Alumni Designer for CUBE: Curtin University Fashion Incubator Program=
Featured in TPFF WA Born
Featured in RAW Perth Presents SIGNATURE
Collaboration with Anjel Ms for 2015/16 Summer Menswear
Exhibitor for Enex100 Fashion[ing] Wool
Nominated to present work to Prof. Jimmy Choo for Fashion Tank
Featured as ‘Up and Coming Designer’ at PR in Fashion
Featured at Djurra Walk for Water fashion fundraiser
Winner of Fairly Fashionable, ‘Professional’ category
Finalist of The Australian Wool Fashion Awards 2015, NSW
Winner of The Australian Wool Fashion Award ‘Supreme Champion’ and ‘Young Designer’ Category, NSW
Winner for Telstra Perth Fashion Festival Future Runway, ‘Eco Design’ Category
Finalist in Telstra Perth Fashion Festival Future Runway for ‘RTW Men’s’ (x2), ‘Eco Design’ & ‘HiVis’
Finalist in Fair Trade Freo Fairly Fashionable?, WA
Invited to exhibit at Innovo: Conventions Undone and TPFF Fashion[ing] Forms: The Craft of Making
Collection featured in Woolorama AWI and WestPack and Newdegate Field Day Fashion Parade, WA
Featured in Beyond the Bale AWI Magazine for promotion of wool (National Magazine)
Featured in The West Australian Newspaper (x2) (State Newspaper)
Featured in RM Williams Outback Magazine and Country Living Magazine (National)
Winner of Sericin Silk and Curtin Fashion and Research HUB Knitwear Award, Curtin Grad show NAKEDMINDS
Winner of the Spirit of the Black Dress competition, collection shown at Opening Gala, Melbourne
- Winner for Perth Fashion Festival Student Runway, ‘RTW Men’s’ category
- Finalist in Perth Fashion Festival’s Student Runway for ‘RTW Men’s’ and 2x ‘Eco Design’
- Winner of ‘Fibre and Textiles’ Category at the York Arts and Craft Awards, York, WA
- Featured as an ‘Up and Coming Designer’ in PR in Fashion Runway Show, Perth
- Featured in Curtin Fashion: a 10 Year Retrospective at Perth Fashion Festival
- Collection and profile featured at Store, Gusto & Elan, Melbourne
- Design featured in Fashion Trend Magazine, S/S 13/14 Edition and The Melbourne Review, March 2013
- Featured in The Countryman Magazine and Farm Weekly Magazine for promotion of Wool (State Magazines)