Amanda Nichols is a Melbourne-based designer and founder of Replica Project. Nichol’s training in film and haute couture informs a multi-layered practice that interrogates the complex connections between costume and fashion.
Nichols has worked as a costume cutter and maker for film and haute couture. Her film credits include Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Australia’, ‘The Great Gatsby’ and Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien: Covenant’.
She has also worked for the haute couture Atelier Caraco Canezou, producing garments for Givenchy and Schiaparelli.
In 2015, she received the Winston Churchill Fellowship, an opportunity to develop her expertise in corsetry and couture techniques within the archives of the Victoria & Albert Museum, Balenciaga and the Kyoto Costume Institute.
Amanda holds a Master of Fashion (Design) from RMIT University. She received the prestigious Australian Fashion Foundation award for her graduating project in 2019.
Nichols currently lectures in the School of Fashion and Textiles, RMIT University.