Homestart Finance Fashion Graduate Parade

Feb 06, 2019

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Emerging designers to showcase their style with ranges spanning resort wear to structured coats.

Vibrant and eclectic fashion ranges drawing inspiration from art, music, travel and architecture will feature on the catwalk at the 2019 HomeStart Finance Fashion Graduate Parade.

Tickets are now on sale for the parade – In Transit – which will be held at Flinders University on Saturday, February 9.

The event will showcase five-outfit collections by 30 graduates of the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Fashion), a dual award offered through TAFE SA and Flinders University.

TAFE SA Fashion Design and Technology principal lecturer Helen Jansson said designing and producing the collections provided students with the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and skills gained over the three-year course, as well as their creative potential.

“The range of garments this year is fantastic with quite a bit of menswear, lots of colour and beautiful fabrics,” she said.

“The students travel to China in their third year to source fabrics and trims for their collections, which means all the ranges are quite unique.”

Fashion student Grace Brooks said she was excited at the prospect of seeing her fellow students’ designs on the catwalk.

“It’s important to have a parade to showcase what we can produce and how our ideas and the skills we’ve learnt manifest into designs,” she said.

“It is also a great way to celebrate the work we’ve done and it’s a fitting way to show our collections to our lecturers, family and friends and industry representatives.”

Her collection, entitled Grace, is an elegant range in a tight colour palette of white and beige which explores flowing shapes and a combination of textures.

“I was inspired by elements of 1930s fashion and ‘70s flaring but also by the flow and drape of my fabrics,” she said.

Other students have drawn on global influences as diverse as Cuban architecture, Japanese art and the British punk movement of the ‘70s.  

HomeStart Finance Chief Executive John Oliver said his organisation was delighted to again be supporting the graduate parade.

“We’re strong advocates for helping young South Australians progress in their chosen fields and are particularly pleased to support those who are pursuing a career in the design industry through this partnership with TAFE SA,” he said.

“This year we’re throwing even more support behind this event by not only sponsoring the Graduate of the Year award, but also providing an additional $700 worth of prizes.

“We look forward to seeing the designs on display at the February 9 parade and encourage South Australians with a passion for fashion and seeing talented graduates in their element – and at the starting point of their professional life - to attend.”

Award winners including the HomeStart Finance Student of the Year and the Lecturers’ Choice will be announced on the night.

The parade will be at Flinders University on Saturday, February 9. Entry from 4.30pm, parade at 5.30pm. It will be outdoors (weather permitting) with amphitheatre-style seating, so cushions are recommended.

Tickets are $45. To book, visit