Work it: MPavilion 2019 uniform by The Social Studio & Beci Orpin

Beci Orpin utility belt design. Image courtesy of Beci Orpin.

You won’t miss our onsite staff at MPavilion 2019! This season, we’re so excited to have our staff uniforms designed by the incredible team at The Social Studio in collaboration with the one and only Beci Orpin. Commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation to create striking and durable unisex uniforms for use in Glenn Murcutt AO’s MPavilion, the collaboration continues the Foundation’s dedication to supporting Australian designers and social enterprise.

The Social Studio MPavilion 2019 uniform sketches. Images courtesy of The Social Studio.

The Social Studio was founded in 2009, striving to create awareness and change public perceptions for people who have experienced being a refugee. The non-profit improves the lives of young Australians who come from a refugee or migrant background using the vehicle of a fashion business—including a clothing label, retail shop, clothing manufacturer and digital printing studio—to create social change. It provides TAFE level training, work experience, volunteer opportunities and employment in fashion, manufacturing and retail. We love what they do!

Beci Orpin utility belt sketches and swatches. Photo courtesy of Beci Orpin.

A beloved Melbourne designer-illustrator, Beci Orpin has collaborated with MPavilion multiple times throughout our seasons. (Listen to Beci and her mum, Marg Darcy, discuss work and life at an MTalks event from MPavilion’s 2018 season.) We’re in awe of her imagination and drive, and so it was a no-brainer to ask Beci to work with us on this season’s uniform. Beci’s colourful (and highly functional) utility belts will add a splash of colour to Glenn Murcutt’s white lantern-inspired MPavilion—keep an eye out!

MPavilion 2019 opens in the Queen Victoria Gardens on 14 November 2019 – 22 March 2020. MPavilion is an initiative of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation in partnership with City of Melbourne, Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and Development Victoria, and ANZ.