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South Metropolitan TAFE fashion business course gives designer a head start

Starting your own fashion business is no easy feat but emerging designer Remi Lane has taken on the challenge, launching her self-titled label last year and showcasing at Telstra Perth Fashion Festival’s New Generation runway, achievements made possible as a result of studying a fashion business qualification at South Metropolitan TAFE (SM TAFE).

Remi knew she would be a designer at age 10 and would spend days creating outfits with scrap material and staples. After school Remi enrolled into the Advanced Diploma of Fashion Design and Technology (now the Advanced Diploma of Fashion Design and Merchandising) at SM TAFE, gaining technical and creative skills to produce high quality garments.

Having the design skills (she won Range of the Year at graduation) and passion to develop her own business, Remi realised she needed to be fully prepared before starting this costly exercise and furthered her studies with the Associate Degree in Fashion Business.

“I didn’t want to do a general business course as it wouldn’t relate to the unique challenges of fashion,” Remi said.

“I loved how each unit was completely different and explored contemporary ways to expand a fashion business.

“I gained so much knowledge which would have taken me many more years to acquire on my own. It prepared me to be 100% ready before starting this endeavour.”

The Remi Lane label is inspired by the colours, textures and movement of nature. Remi describes her aesthetic as ‘laid back luxe’ and recently started an online business www.remilane.com which has seen early success.

Students must have completed Year 12 (no design background required) before beginning the H415 Associate Degree of Fashion Business at SM TAFE’s Bentley campus (next to Curtin University). The course starts in February or July 2017, and can be completed in two years full-time or studied part-time.

The course focusses on fashion management and is a business pathway into the industry. Students learn skills to establish online fashion platforms and businesses, or to work in fashion marketing/PR, merchandising, styling, buying or management.

Applications are now open. Call 1800 001 001, email info@smtafe.wa.edu.au or use the buttons below to apply. 


Photo: Past SM TAFE student Remi Lane wearing an outfit from her Spring Summer 16/17 collection ‘Monday Monday’.

Page last updated February 14, 2018