Job-ready fashion graduates get ready to shine with final collections

Nov 01, 2016

Fresh from the excitement of the Adelaide Fashion Festival, TAFE SA and Flinders University fashion design students are putting the finishing touches to their final collections ahead of the HomeStart SA Fashion Graduate Parades at Tonsley on 2 and 3 December.
Tickets are now on sale for this year’s showcase, which will herald the first graduating class of the dual Flinders University and TAFE SA Bachelor of Creative Arts (Fashion) program.

A spectacular 40-metre runway will be created in the heart of the Tonsley Innovation Precinct to present the creativity and innovation of the South Australian fashion industry’s bright new stars.

The showcase begins on Friday 2 December in an evening parade, simply called “One”, to celebrate the work of the 29 inaugural graduates of the three-year university degree.

On Saturday 3 December, an afternoon parade called “Revolve” will feature designs by students from the three-year TAFE SA Advanced Diploma of Fashion Design and Technology.

On Saturday night, graduates from the two-year TAFE SA Advanced Diploma of Fashion Design and Technology will be in the spotlight with their own runway show, “Elysian”.

TAFE SA’s Fashion Design and Technology Principal Lecturer Helen Jansson said the annual Graduate Parades demonstrate how all elements of the students’ learning at TAFE SA and Flinders University contribute to them leaving as skilled, job ready graduates.

“Our graduates not only create cutting-edge designs, they understand each component of this competitive industry, from concept to completion,” Ms Jansson said.

“They venture into the job market understanding that fashion is more than drawing a pretty design - it’s understanding a whole industry.”

A keen observer at the Graduate Parades will be Melanie Flintoft, co-founder of Adelaide-based international company Australian Fashion Labels, which now employs more than 25 TAFE SA fashion graduates.

A TAFE SA fashion graduate herself, Melanie said TAFE SA’s hands-on vocational training in fashion, now coupled with Flinders University’s education in business and entrepreneurship, means today’s graduates are more focused and business savvy than ever before.

“It takes a lot of sweat and tears to succeed in this industry but TAFE SA and Flinders University are providing the right training to support this growing industry that is so vital to South Australia’s economy.”

Tickets are on sale now