As part of the recent Adelaide Fashion Festival, TAFE SA’s up and coming designers were front and centre at the TAFE SA Showcase event.
The garments on show were from a range of fashion students from the Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising and Bachelor of Creative Arts Fashion.
The spectacular runway show was put together entirely by TAFE SA students with the help of Adelaide Fashion Festival mentor Mia Gambranis. Fashion, make-up, hair, lighting, photography, digital displays and even the food, were all delivered by our students.
Helen Jansson, Principal Lecturer, Fashion, Costume and Textiles, said “Producing and running a show of this calibre is a major achievement in itself. Students took on the challenge wholeheartedly, meeting once a week for almost five months to produce what was a truly professional runway.
“Apart from the experience of working under the watchful eye of Mia, they also got to collaborate with students from other disciplines as they would in the real world.
“In the final few days before the show the students got to work with a professional events company and were able to feel the excitement of a live event, troubleshooting as they went.”
The highlight of the event was the awarding of the Premiers Design Award to TAFE SA design students Matthew Reith and Belinda Piovesan.
Matthew and Belinda, who are both in their final year of study in Fashion Design and Merchandising, received $1000 in prizemoney and a mentoring program in the Adelaide Fashion Industry.
All students were given a very specific brief and Matthew said, “It was a great experience to work within the brief with our lecturers and industry mentors to really bring my design to life.”
Belinda added, “Working with, and being acknowledged by, fashion industry professionals has been a highlight for me and I’m excited to continue this work through the mentor program.”
Both Belinda and Matthew hope to learn more about the national and international fashion industry through their mentor program, and also gain valuable skills and a portfolio of work that will help guide their career in fashion design.
Who knows what the future will hold for these two up and coming designers? The award has given them a great stepping stone into the world of fashion design, but for now they are very much focused on the here and now – work and study calls!
Congratulations Belinda and Matthew and well done to everyone that contributed to this fantastic showcase event.