Flaunter Emerging Faces to Watch: Ahmad Taufik

November 2015 marks the launch of Flaunter’s Emerging Designer showcase. This digital showcase is the first of its kind for Australia’s fashion industry.

We’re so excited to be able to use the power of our platform to support young designers at the very beginning of their journeys to becoming fashion kingpins.

These are the faces to watch, the future of the Australian fashion industry.

Introducing Ahmad Taufik, 2015 graduate, Fashion Design Studio.

Why did you choose to study fashion?

I grew up surrounded by tailors, pattern makers and machinists but never thought that I’d work in the industry. I was always making garments but was never formally ‘taught’ so I decided to apply to FDS and have never looked back.

What’s been the most exciting moment for you to-date?

The close friendships that I have formed throughout my years of study and working alongside such talented people and going through the same eventful processes that they’ve gone through.

Who/what do you look to for inspiration?

I tend to find inspiration from different sources. It usually starts off from a particular feeling, quote or a thought process and then it evolves from that. I then try and find artwork, textures or colours that relate to the initial influence.

What Australian designers do you most admire and why?

After interning at Christopher Esber and seeing each collection unfold, I admire his tenacity, integrity and hard working attitude.

Who are you designing for – who’s your target market?

I design for the individual that seeks out that point of difference. I like to combine the traditional and the contemporary, so the target market is quite universal.

What’s been the biggest challenge in getting your collection to this point?

Trying to get the fit and proportion right and making sure each garment is as good as the last. Anyone can do a boxy shape and add a few layers here and there but I want to create garments that can easily translate into a commercial market while also retaining my traditional/contemporary aesthetic.

Photos: Natasha Killeen

Flaunter offers a streamlined platform for brands to upload, organise and track hi res, media-ready content (photos, videos, documents) and an easy-to-access system for media to follow, find, and download it.

Flaunter Emerging is a program established for schools, universities and colleges to support final year and newly graduated fashion design students in building their public profiles and showcasing their work to a large media network.