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Rebecca Paterson

Designer Rebecca Paterson of 33POETS designs from her studio located in Subiaco, Perth on the West Coast of Australia. She has been designing for more than 30 years with a team that is a family. The atmosphere is of the creative larrikin kind and all family members are kindred in this larrikin spirit. Chaos beauty, beauty chaos rule. Reflection and deflection are necessary within cracking a joke and understanding the next experimental dress that materialises.
Well known for her quirky couture and grunge street, Rebecca has been collected by the National gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, the Power House Museum in Sydney and the Tamworth Textile Gallery in New South Wales. After successful runway shows at Mercedes Australian fashion Week in Sydney and Melbourne. Her work was one of the three contemporary disciplines including architects, interior designers, artists and fashion designers to show at the “Culture 2004” exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in June 2004.
Rebecca’s work has also been exhibited internationally particularly in Japan, Korea, and Europe including the Victoria Albert Museum in London. In November 2017, she showcased the collection DELPHIC ORACLE in Beijing on the runway at Mercedes Benz China Fashion Week, described by Rebecca as her grunge couture collection for evening wear.
Rebecca was also a guest speaker for the Vivienne Westwood exhibition at the National gallery of Australia in Canberra. Among many speaking engagements, she presented at the forum of the ‘Space Between’ at Curtin University in Western Australia on innovative fashion within Australia. This was an international fashion, textile and design conference. Shown at London and Paris fashion Week, represented in stores across the UK, Europe, Japan, Dubai and China, the label continues to acquire growth and acknowledgement internationally. Her most recent collection DELPHIC ORACLE, was favourably received by retailers and press in Australia and China. Rebecca has previously had many fashion labels and retail establishments. Currently, 33POETS is stocked in the most reputable stores in Australia and internationally. Rebecca’s fashion practice comes from her research into English and western subculture style with early influences from the punk counterculture. She is also interested in the India decorative and its influence upon innovative and mainstream fashion. She works closely with the RABARI artisans of Gujarat.

She is due to hold a further exhibition at ‘ARTISANS’ Gallery Mumbai to showcase her continuing body of work completed with the RABARI and Bandhani artisans. Her fashion practice investigates art as activism with analysis of gender representation in contemporary medium and the deconstruction of this mode of representation through style.
The following words on Rebecca Paterson Fashion youtube runway parades by Associate Professor Bonnie English:
“Cutting edge Australian Fashion Designer Rebecca Paterson showing her early work from Mercedes Australian fashion Week in Sydney. An icon in Australian fashion, she has achieved a formidable national and international reputation for her postmodern design work. Emerging from a punk culture she appropriates silhouettes from the Victorian era to create uniquely styled collection garments that were akin to boned sculptured pieces”.
“Both innovative and experimental Australian Fashion Designer Rebecca Paterson is known for her counterculture influences inspired by Punk/Post Punk discourses. Her design work plays with text and interacts with experimental textiles. She has worked with the renowned Japanese Textile Engineer Mr Junichi Arai and initiated bringing him to Australia. Mr Arai worked with many of the great Japanese designers including Issei Miyake and Rei Kwakubo of Commes Des Garcons. Some pieces from this show were exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne in ‘CULTURE 2004’. Her work has been exhibited and collected by national and international galleries and museums including the National Gallery of Victoria, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the powerhouse Museum with her shibori wool burnout work inspired by Mr Arai”.
“Australian designer Rebecca Paterson established a signature for working with experimental cloth silhouettes, past and present and using fashion to comment on popular culture. Her work has been exhibited by the works leading museums including the Victoria and Albert Museum. Her work has also been exhibited and collected by leading national museums and galleries including: the National Gallery of Victoria and the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney”.

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Paterson's unique voice and necessary contibution to Australian contemporary art has been recognised by aquisitions of her work in major institutions, such as the National Gallery of Victoria, and by distinguished private art collectors, including Wendy Whitely.

Rebecca Paterson’s work has been acknowledged within the field of textiles and come from an extensive background and practice in many areas of visual arts. Her textile work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, as well as the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney and the Tamworth City Gallery in NSW.

Cutting edge Australia fashion designer, Rebecca Paterson showing her early work from Mercedes Australian Fashion Week in Sydney. An icon in Australian fashion, she has achieved a formidable national and international reputation for her post-modern design work. Emerging from a punk culture, she appropriated silhouettes from the Victorian era to create uniquely styled collection garments that were akin to boned sculptured pieces

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