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Narelle Dore

Australian womenswear designer Narelle Dore is a graduate of the Antwerp Academy (2008) and lives and works in Antwerp. Narelle's organic approach to fashion design is often inspired by quiet landscapes and specific natural phenomena, from light refraction to the salt lakes of Perth, Western Australia. She projects a bright aura of quirky and organic energy through her intricate collections of textural womens daywear. Her works hold a homespun quality, with techniques such as crochet, macrame and delicate cutouts. Narelle's silhouettes include traditional smock-shaped dresses, cropped blouses and panelled skirts and handmade fabric jewellery. From participation in RA Paris exhibitions in 2010 and 2011 to presenting her Autumn Winter 2011 collection at RA with a garden party, and growing a rock crystal installation at RA's Arnhem Biennale 'Sugar House' in 2011, Narelle's story is inextricably linked with both RA and her Australian roots. Her most recent happening at RA saw Narelle recreate her rock crystal exhibition from Arnhem, displayed in RA Antwerp alongside 4 intricate, handmade macramé pieces. Selected pieces are available online and at RA Antwerp.

Narelle Dore Autumn Winter 2011-12 rock crystal installation at RA Antwerp, October 2011

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