Yousef Akbar

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east sydney fashion design studio
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Collection – Blood witness

This collection is developed under the concept of sustainable and socially responsible couture, supporting women in the developing world, such as the middle east and India. Giving them opportunities to work and support local artisans and dying crafts.

This collection is a celebration of all women and their courage and strength through times of adversity. Growing up in the middle east, and having witnessed first hand women being oppressed in a male dominated society has had a huge impact on me.

I dedicate this collection to all women - the widows, the orphans, the teenagers fighting to get an education, the sexually and physically abused, and finally to the brave women fighting and standing up for their rights, and revolting against their cultures, and challenging the norm in their fight for equality and freedom, by shedding a light on their pain, suffering and struggles they face in their lives.

I Researched revolutions, wars and the destructive effect it has on cities and its people especially women. Coming across many stories of women fleeing their homes and becoming refugees. Many whom cross miles on foot and facing death in hope of finding a better life.

Inspired by these brave women, the main focus of this collection is to challenge convention, by taking classic feminine silhouettes, deconstructing and then reinventing them using innovative and unconventional cutting techniques.

My aim was to design outfits that surprise you from every angle, while still maintaining wearability, femininity and elegance. Creating draped and twisted looks by investigating the interaction between draped fabric and gravity which symbolise tension, and struggle of the journey that these women embark on.

To juxtapose the feminine drape and fluidity I have. used nuts and bolt screws through seams, and to hold draped deconstructed garments together throughout the collection. This was inspired by my research looking at metal devices, that were used to torture women, as well as x-rays of broken bones of abused women showing them being held together by screws.

This demonstrates how a simple tool (the screws) can be used in completely opposing ways, one for abuse, and the other to mend. Lastly I referenced middle eastern geometric architecture, and ornamentation. which are symbols of pride in the Arab culture. based on this I have developed beading mainly in gold to give hope and optimism that this world can change if we all unite against all kinds of injustice.

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Born in Saudi Arabia, Yousef Akbar came to Australia to study Logistics at the University of South Australia. But fashion was his calling and it was while completing his Master's at Sydney University that Yousef discovered one could study, and train for, a career in fashion. Thus, he embarked on a Bachelor of Fashion at The Fashion Design Studio Sydney TAFE which he completed in 2016. He is fascinated by the interaction of the cloth and body. it is always about challenging convention in cutting and constructing of his garments while maintaining elegance and femininity. It is the voice he uses to deliver his message to the world, in the form of fabric worn on the body. For Yousef, it is not just about creating clothes, but also creating a narrative and a fantasy that evokes emotions of the wearer. When you wear one of his garments, you not only will be living his story, but you will be experiencing he’s personal research and quest for inspiration. The decision to abandon Logistics for Fashion has certainly paid off with Yousef already winning a string of industry awards such as FLAIR Best tailoring and Designer of the Year 2013,TAFE Eveningwear Award 2013, Powerhouse Museum Fashion Exhibition display 2014, Invited to Debut his first collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014, Winning The Design Institute of Australia fashion graduate of the year, and over all graduate of the year. Yousef Akbar has a number of celebrity clients such as Kimbra, Jessica Mauboy, Kelly Osbourne and others.