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Proto fashion show on point

​​​​​​Last night (16 November) SM TAFE’s fashion students presented their stunning collections at Beaumonde On The Point; the culmination of an intense three years of study.

  • South Metropolitan TAFE (SM TAFE) presents ‘Proto’ 2017 graduate fashion show

  • The annual show is in its 47th year

  • More than 400 guests were in attendance 

  • Showcased the designs of thirteen graduates of the Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising.

More than 400 guests were in attendance, including members of WA’s fashion industry, media, student’s family, friends and staff.

‘Proto’ explored the contrast and fusion of traditional artistry and contemporary innovation. 

The graduates presented heritage skills of tailoring, drape, beading, leatherwork, lace applique, felting and textile development and manipulation. These were merged with hyper-modern innovations - laser cutting, performance and tech fabrics, 3D pattern cutting, conscious design, and engineered and precision construction.

Student of the Year Rina Chen (28) from Balcatta said she was motivated to study fashion after developing a passion for the industry through working in marketing and design.

“In my former career I documented the editorial of fashion trends and became captivated by the fashion industry,” Rina said.

Entitled ‘Wabi-Sabi’, Rina’s eight-look debut collection at ‘Proto’ drew inspiration from the Japanese philosophy of beauty.

“Tireless experimentation with silhouette, drape and body proportions occupied my design development process. I endeavoured to achieve an understated effortlessness through clean pattern-cutting and tailoring techniques.

“My range combines western and eastern aesthetics of fashion as an expression of my own heritage.”

Rina plans to establish a career in the local fashion industry after graduation.

SM TAFE portfolio manager Andrea Quintal said the show would not be possible without the backing of industry and sponsors.

“These students have learnt from international fashion industry icons, with the likes of Zimmermann, Dion Lee, Alice McCall and Ellery among many others providing work placement opportunities,” Ms Quintal said.

“SM TAFE has a rich history in fashion training which stems more than forty years and we have become recognised as one of the leaders and key providers of quality fashion design and product development training in WA.” 

Five awards were also presented on the night, with winning students selected by a panel of local industry judges.

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

Student Awards

  • Most Outstanding Design Award
    Henrietta Grochowska (Victoria Park)
  • Range of the Year Award
    Rina Chen (Balcatta)
  • Gerber CAD Training Award
    Nikki Ambler (Huntingdale)
  • Concept to Market Award
    Gabby Olivier (Dalkeith)
  • Student of the Year Award
    Rina Chen (Balcatta)


Picture: Rina Chen with Vivien's model | Photographer: John Koh

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