Graduate designer Michael McAtomney had a career in construction management before taking the plunge into fashion study at QUT.

Now set to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (majoring in fashion), Michael is poised for a career in menswear that is already well in hand.

“I never really thought I had the potential to do fashion but one of my friends encouraged me to do it,” he says.

Now employed by Brisbane outfitters The Cloakroom and its partner business Pistols @ Dawn, Michael is learning the craft of fine tailoring and dabbling in fashion editorial at the same time, collating the businesses’ popular in-house publication The Standard.

Michael’s collection Veto will be presented during QUT’s fashion graduate parades at the Kelvin Grove Creative Precinct on Nov 20-22.

“My initial inspiration for the collection was around prohibition, but it evolved a lot more from that concept,” he says.

“I’ve tried to up-cycle a lot of materials so there’s military blankets and canvas that I’ve used. It’s also very intertwined with the tailoring side of things.

“It’s stuff I wouldn’t personally wear because I’m not that bold, but I would like to wear it.”

Now his studies are complete, Michael plans to spend some time in France and look to intern with a fashion publication, but enjoys the Brisbane fashion scene and men’s place in it.

“I think interest in menswear is growing in Brisbane,” he says.

“Originally it was a lot more the younger guys who were interested in fashion but now we’re seeing more of the older guys getting into it and knowing they’re willing to pay for quality.

“It still has a way to go and there are certain stereotypes associated with men who want to dress well, but if men continue to break those down, the interest will strengthen.”