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Fashion grad recognised on world stage

2019 Bentley fashion graduate Julie Mwiragua will compete against more than 30 emerging fashion designers from 14 countries around the world in an inaugural virtual awards competition.

Julie's design Tenderhead was the only WA designer chosen over more than more than 150 applications to make the final of the 16th iD International Emerging Designer Awards, which will be judged and hosted online.

Tenderhead is described by Julie as an exploration of the black hair community and a celebration of the time, artistry and love that characterises braiding culture.

Julie said the design helped her connect with her Kenyan roots and hoped it would help people identify and celebrate their own unique style of fashion.

The iD International Emerging Designer Awards is the only young designer show anywhere in the world to accept entries from recent fashion graduates around the globe. Finalists from Australia, New Zealand, America, the United Kingdom, China, India, South Africa and more will have their designs showcased in a video show produced by international production house NHNZ.

Finalists were shortlisted from a line-up of New Zealand designers. Judge Tanya Carlson said the panel noted how the applicants' fashion reflected their observations on challenges faced by the world.

“Collectively they showed outstanding use of recycled fabric, cleaver upcycling and embraced new technologies,” she said.

This recognition follows on from Julie's success last year when she won the Concept to Market Award at the SM TAFE fashion graduate show.

SM TAFE offers a Certificate lV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology, and also offers a Diploma of Business and Merchandising.

Applications are now open to study in semester 2, 2020. Visit the fashion course page or call 1800 001 001 for more information.

Page last updated May 21, 2020