The Minimalist walk on the Multiculture

By Jun Yu& Jiaqi Xu
The City of Melbourne respectfully acknowledges that it is located on the traditional land of the Kulin Nation. This special place is now known by its European name of Melbourne.

​Today, Melbourne is one of the great multicultural cities of the world and is a significant meeting place.

For the Wurundjeri, Boonerwrung, Taungurong, Djajawurrung and the Wathaurung which make up the Kulin Nation, Melbourne has always been an important meeting place and location for events of social, educational, sporting and cultural significance.

Since its European settlement in 1835, different nationalities have migrated to Melbourne at various stages of its history and have contributed significantly to the city’s growing identity.(, 2016)

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(Latrobe street,2016)


(Flinders lane ,2016)


(The busker was acting.)

There are three style tribes exist within Melbourne.


Deathrockers favour an eclectic mix of pink, goth and grunge styles. Touting non-conformity above all else, those from the deathrocker tribe see fashion as a means of expressing their opposition to the mainstream,”… it’s about purposely segregating yourself from everyone else”, says deathrocker Clint Finnigan.(, 2016)

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(, 2016)



Reggae fashion emerged in the 1960s alongside the music of reggae legend Bob Marley, who introduced the world to Rasta reggae culture. Today’s reggae fashion continues to embody many beliefs associated with the reggae Rastafarian movements: peace, freedom and individuality.(, 2016)

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(, 2016)



Mod culture is as much a lifestyle as a style of dress. The look is all about perfectly tailored clothing, bold use of colour, immaculate grooming, as well as the psychedelic fashion of the late 60s. The recent revival of mod-inspired culture sees fashion tribes embracing micro miniskirts, bouffant hairstyles and vintage geometric and psychedelic prints.(, 2016)

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(, 2016)


Melbourne is known as one of the world’s great street art capitals for its unique expressions of art displayed on approved outdoor locations throughout the city.(, 2016)

For people who just came to Melbourne , the graffiti street  is one of the biggest highlights to attract them,without a doubt.“Graffiti art performs the theatrical right to the city, to the streets, to the shared public spaces of urban modernity. It enhances city life”Dovey



(Unknown graffiti artist works)



The Knit flower decoration


(Unknown graffiti artist works)


The graffiti writer


Graffiti tools


Graffiti text




Through this one of the great multicultural cities of the world, those people who wear as the simple silhouette as well as those simple straightforward text in the graffiti street.

Minimalism is a genre of modern art, but also a lifestyle and fashion style. Minimalist emphasizes external rational, serious, simple, and the inner emphasizes the delicate and elegant. As an art form and style, minimalist art style has been praised by artists and designers. It affects the development of fashion for a long-time, make it become one of the basic rules of modern fashion performance. (Yang, 2010)


Ellen Keillar

photo: Jiaqi Xu

Ellen Keillar is the local of Melbourne and just graduated from Rmit Industrial Design.


Black chocker and sunglasses


Handbag, bracelet and watch are same colour scheme.


Black oxford shoes with high ankle socks


Izzg Kaspar

photo: JiaQi Xu

Izzg Kaspar comes from Brisbane and she is a business student.




Black sandal


Adrian Kalaiziouslei

Photo: Jiaqi Xu

Adrian is a stylist from Sydney, he said he really likes Melbourne.


giant clip earring


The hems of the pant leave the raw edges. White high ankle socks contrast with black platform shoes.


Kurt Johnson

Photo: Jiaqi Xu

Kurt is the friend of Adrian and also come from Syndey. He is still a student and will open a fashion business next years.


Black Martins

DSC_0269 Deja Rromain

Photo: Jiaqi Xu

Deja is a Melbourne based Musician. She loves fashion. This out fit is her daily casual look.


Oversized denim jacket


The big pocket is the design feature of the jacket


The hair colour ,sunglasses and earring are the same colour tone.


Twisted side split of the pant.


Jessica Fehringer

Photo: Jiaqi Xu

Jessica is a shop assistant of CUE and she is a Melbourne local. DSC_0303


The handbag is the same colour with the nail.


Black short boots

To sum up, those people we investigated they are all have common point. They all wear clear shape outfit with clean cut. They are quite a Minimalism. Minimalism, initially as a modern art genre, it was present and popular in the 1950s and 1960’s. It mainly displays in the painting area, advocate the use of minimal colours and simplify the images of drawing, and get rid of all unnecessary things interfere with the theme. Minimalism in fashion with fast-paced modern life as the background, it emphasizes the high opinion of self, fond of comfort, to meet the basic on the basis of practical function of garment, try to remove the decoration, to pursuit the intrinsic of the fashion’s interest and elegant taste. (Yang, 2010) As you can see, the colour of their clothes are relatively simple and single tone. As well as the accessories and small details of them are all harmony. It is because of the lifestyle they chase. In Melbourne this multicultural city, the lifestyle is become faster-paced in the CBD, people chased a casual comfortable life style.

Now we look back to those exist Melbourne fashion style, they all have a basic common point, which is self-enhancement. For nowadays, people’s material life get more and more rich, therefore more people in the pursuit of a higher realm. Many factual issues are raised, such as global warming, water conservation, etc. Australia has been living in the centre of the environmental crisis. In this scenario, Melbourne people are more concerned about the environment and other issues. People’s awareness of green consumption gradually strengthen, green organic eco-fashion has become popular. In the textile, the use of recycled materials or environmentally materials or sustainable materials, such as Organic cotton. Also in the garment production process to reduce the damage caused to the environment, as well as waste of resources, waste of energy. The simple style with remarkable materials, in order to attract the attention of consumers.(Yang, 2010) In terms of Minimalism, Melbourne fashion will become more simple style and focus on the eco- material and small design features. It will reflect the life style of Melbourne and what people pursued.

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Dovey, K., Wollan, S., & Woodcock, I. (2012). Placing Graffiti: Creating and Contesting Character in Inner-city Melbourne. Journal of Urban Design, 17(1), 21-41.

Yang C, 2010, “The Minimalist style of the Extension and Change of Fashion”






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