Talent shines at 2019 HomeStart Fashion Graduate Parade

Feb 12, 2019

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Emerging designers in a tie for top student honour

Fashion design graduates Karen Bava and Tilly Leighton have been recognised for their hard work and creative flair with the pair named joint winners of the 2019 HomeStart Fashion Graduate of the Year.

Fellow graduate Agatha Harris has won the Lecturers’ Choice Award for the effort and initiative shown in producing her final-year fashion range.

The three studied a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Fashion), a dual award offered by TAFE SA and Flinders University, and received their awards at the 2019 HomeStart Fashion Graduate Parade – In Transit - on Saturday night (Feb 9).

Karen and Tilly each received $2000, courtesy of the parade’s major sponsor HomeStart Finance, and Agatha received $1000 from Flinders University.

TAFE SA Fashion Design and Technology principal lecturer Helen Jansson said it was the first time that two students had tied for the top award, which highlighted the depth of talent in the 2018 group.  

The parade saw 30 graduates showcase their final student collections (five outfits) with influences as diverse as Cuban architecture, Japanese art and the British punk movement of the ‘70s.

Karen Bava’s collection – Social Hero – is for the confident dresser who isn’t bound by convention.

“People shouldn’t feel bound to the predictable conformities of society, such as silhouette, length or colour for set age groups or genders,” Karen said.

Social Hero has a “boundary-less aesthetic” and an emphasis on rich textures, luxurious fabrics and minimal fuss.

Tilleigh by Tilly Leighton is inspired by the Victoriana period but is designed for the modern nomad. Travel and history are influences in the range, which features feminine detail and bold silhouettes.

Agatha Harris has been inspired by childhood doodling in the creation of her collection Wiggle Wiggle. The garments include a hand-painted digital print as well as embroidery and experimental pattern-making techniques.

Helen Jansson said designing and producing 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 was 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.”