Wearing their art on their sleeves

Designer Abbi Borowski from Lismore (left) models her red dress made from felt, fresh ivy and toilet paper, while model Ona Molin shows off one of Abbis other designs. Photo by Dezpix.

I was absolutely blown away. These are first year students and what theyve done in just 12 short months is unbelievable.

These were the words of a proud Marianne Wade, the acting head teacher of fashion at Wollongbar TAFE, after watching the end-of-year fashion show last Thursday.

The clothes were designed by students studying the Certificate IV in both Costume Design and Applied Fashion Design & Technology at Wollongbar TAFE.

The costume students had a brief to use non-fabrics, so instead they gathered fly screen mesh, insulation tape, toilet paper and other found materials to create their catwalk masterpieces. Meanwhile, the applied fashion students presented a funky range of streetwear, and Marianne believes the quality was so high they could be sold in boutiques tomorrow.

I think everyone in the audience was impressed each piece was so individual and the presentation was incredibly professional, Marianne said. We are teaching these students from concept right through to design how to get the ideas in their head onto coat hangers and they have just excelled in all aspects. They are not just designers, they are artists.

For more photos of the Wollongbar TAFE fashion extravaganza see page 8.

All photos by Despix.


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