On Tuesday, 9 November, South Metropolitan TAFE’s fashion students presented their creative collections at the Centenary Pavilion, Claremont Showgrounds; the culmination of an intense three years of study at the Bentley campus.
There were 400 guests in attendance, including members of WA’s fashion industry, media, student’s family, friends and staff. With a focus on sustainable practice, conscious design and artisan techniques, the collections of the Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising graduates included zero-waste pattern cutting, sustainable dye processes and the transformation of vintage and recycled textiles.
Range of the Year Award winner Emily Pedlow, from Swan View, showcased her Two Oceans Design urban wear range at the event. Emily said sustainability and unique fabric combinations were at the forefront of her collection.
“My range is trans-seasonable and gender-neutral making it accessible for a diverse range of wearers. I had immense joy creating my range with technical fabrics; upcycled denim, organic cotton and metal hardware,” Emily said.
Emily also recently claimed the Tertiary Project Pairing Award at the City of Mandurah’s Wearable Art showcase event.
Student Thomas Rollond’s Sherwood Menswear range claimed the Outstanding Design Award. Thomas, from Bayswater, said his collection takes classic men’s tailoring and couture techniques and transforms them with a feminine flair.
The Textile Design Award went to Mount Claremont mum-of-three Terryll Osborne for her
Sadie Cross collection. Terryll’s ready-to-wear range is a celebration of farming life, and her love of craft in and around a small country wheatbelt town.
“My collection uses traditional techniques such as smocking, patchwork, and crochet reinvented with modern illustration and digital printing,” Tyrrell said.
“After a career in marketing, three children and a lifelong passion for crafting, I have finally realised my dream in fashion.”
SM TAFE creative industries portfolio manager Andrea Quintal said the show was a celebration of resilience in what had been a particularly challenging and uncertain time for fashion and the creative industries.
“COVID-19 lockdowns have resulted in periods of remote learning and the rapid reimagining of many projects and events. Our graduates were quick to adapt during a time of great change,” Ms Quintal said.
“Their innovation is a triumph, and reflective of the values that underscore their show concept, and I join industry and the wider community in congratulating this talented group of students.”
SM TAFE has provided cutting-edge fashion training for over 50 years, and in that time built a reputation as industry leader with international fashion experience. Fashion qualifications range from VET Delivered in Secondary Schools (VETDSS) pathway programs to the Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising(opens in a new tab) .