This month we catch up with Helena Dong, this year’s winner of the MFW Student Award! The RMIT Fashion Graduate’s collection blew us away, merging tailored design componants with a digital ‘choose your own adventure’ twist…
Get to know the finalists for this year’s Student Award at Melbourne Fashion Week; Hannah Berry, Lucy Broomhall, Navarone Johnson, Nigel Vogler! The award acknowledges the top five student collections which demonstrate excellence in research and development of fashion design, innovation, construction and potential to contribute to the future growth of the industry. We're thrilled to support the award alongside the City of Melbourne and búl.
Get to know Ngoc Truong, one of the finalists at the MFW Student Designer Award earlier this year! The Holmesglen Fashion graduate's collection was inspired by the strength and power of a volcanic eruption, with innovative fabric burning techniques explored to create dynamic textile surfaces and sculptural silhouettes.
During the year, we were lucky to work with several Bachelor of Fashion Merchandising students from Box Hill Institute on an industry research project around the local supply chain. We thought it would be a great opportunity to introduce you to some of them; Annabelle Bailes, Jessica Araujo, Krystal Bouterakos, Tiarn Barrett and Sarah Moran. The research? The project was around mapping the local textile and fashion supply chain capabilities in Australia, and devising an online platform for the industry to access.
Looking for new talent for your creative team? The Academy of Design Australia, in conjunction with its partner LCI Education, invites you to be part of their Portfolio Platform. Here you can post job offers, snap up emerging talent and identify at a glance the most qualified candidates according to your own search criteria...
Hey Fashion, Design and Textile Students - this one is especially for you! Our friends at The Woolmark Company are inviting you to their 2016 Naturally Inspiring Seminar. Join leading industry experts for a complimentary insight into Merino wool's provenance, benefits, possibilities and place in contemporary fashion and textiles...
TFIA Student Member Spotlight | Stephanie Jones
Introducing Stephanie Jones, our youngest TFIA Member! At only 15 years old, this girl is definitely one to watch. Brimming with passion, her excitement for the industry is contagious.
"I am a girl in a hurry to crack the world of fashion, my goal is to have my name and label up in lights alongside Chanel and Jimmy Choo." Stephanie Jones
Stephanie already runs her own label called Stelle Di Notte featuring children's wear, soon set to expand into flower-girl dresses and bridal wear. Her first range, Holy Communion Dresses, and more of the Stelle Di Notte label can be seen here!
Having recently completed year 10 at Chisholm Catholic College, Stephanie is also studying The Business of Fashion Course part time at TAFE with a focus on learning how to run her own business. Her achievements to date include representing her school at the Australian Apex Teenage Fashion Awards for the last two years, the first year of which she was the youngest designer.
More recently, Stephanie also ran her own fashion parade fundraiser. The event took place in the Perth CBD, exposing her creations to a wider audience and building her presence in the local industry. So what does this young designer have planned next?
"In the future I am planning to study fashion in university, leading me internationally to places like New York which is my dream."