Alexi Freeman

Image by Nadia Sliwka

Alexi Freeman is an interdisciplinary fashion & textile designer who lives, works and researches in Naarm (Melbourne). Freeman juxtaposes speculative ideas with artisanal, biological and technological methodologies. Having released over 20 critically acclaimed collections of artefacts that caress the parameters of wearable design materials, his design experience includes: presenting at London Fashion Week; wholesaling to boutiques in New York, Moscow & Christchurch; ensembles for Kimbra, Kirsha Kaechele, Ruby Rose & Georgia May Jagger; costumes for The Australian Ballet’s 50th anniversary season at the Sydney Opera House; exhibiting at the NGV, NGA & Powerhouse Museum; and launching the WHITE NOISE collection on the roof of MONA, released in unison with a site-specific scent They, jettisoned during the runway show via fragrance cannons.

Freeman is currently lecturing in Regenerative Design and is undertaking a Research by Practice Masters in RMIT’s School of Design. Freeman is interrogating the potential of bacterial cellulose as an eco-analogue to the eco-toxic textiles which currently predominate the global textile industry.  Freeman’s future provocations include biofabricating biodegradable active wear that photosynthesise and evening wear that speculate on the potential to decentralise renewable energy harvesting via infrared radiation.

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.