Three out of Five for Fashion Stars

The strength of Central’s Fashion and Textile Design portfolio need no greater illustration than the recent success at the Perth Fashion Festival Student Runway.

Competing against the likes of Curtin University, ECU, WAAPA and Polytechnic West.
Central fashion students won three out of the five categories.

Phoebe D'Arcy Evans
Phoebe D’Arcy Evans

The students are all completing a Diploma of Fashion and Textile Design at Central. Celia Friebe took home top honours for the Women’s Ready to Wear category. Simon Squires won the Eco Design category and Phoebe D’Arcy Evans was judged the best in the Contemporary Evening Wear.

Simone Squires
Simone Squires

To see pictures from the night click below.

Congratulations to the students who clearly have a future as bright as the runway.

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Fashion students shine in SunSmart competition

Cancer Council WA partnered with Central Institute of Technology fashion and textile students to set a challenge to design sun smart clothing for young people. This is the fourth year of the collaboration, with the three winners this year being Cassandra Pittard, Silvia Dzemail and Lauren Willems. The Diploma of Fashion and Textile Design students worked in groups to design and make the garment.

Fashion students

The design competition aims to change the perception of SunSmart clothing whilst promoting the benefits of covering up in the sun. With innovative design students on the case – ideally covering up in style.

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Rini’s the cream of the crop

A highlight of Perth’s Fashion Week each year is the unearthing of new talent. At this year’s Telstra Perth Fashion Festival: Future Runway, Central Advanced Diploma of Fashion and Textile Design student Rini Teng was announced the winner in the Ready to Wear Men’s Category. Rini’s design was chosen by an industry panel of judges.

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Award tops off stellar year for Jaime Lee

Central has always prided itself on the quality of its graduates and fashion is no exception. Former Central students featured in all three nominations this year in the City of Perth’s Most Innovative Fashion Designer of the Year award. These were Jaime Lee (Jaime Lee Major), One Fell Swoop (Daniel Romanin and Nikolina Ergic) and Zhivago (Lara Kovacevich and Lydia Tsvetnenko).

In a ceremony held at the Heath Ledger Theatre on 6 March it was Jaime Lee who took out the top award.

Jaime Lee, who graduated from Central in 2008, has had an amazing year of success and critical acclaim, most notably at the 2013 Perth Fashion Festival where she opened the event with her ‘Light Magic’ collection. One critic calling it “the best catwalk presentation in the event’s 15-year history.” In 2012 she was thrust onto the international stage with her collaboration with Kimbra across her European and US tours. Jamie Lee’s designs featured in music videos, on stage and on multiple television shows.

Jaime kindly took some time out from her busy schedule to answer some questions about her very first steps into the fashion world…

When did you first realise that fashion design was the career for you?

Like most high school kids I wasn’t sure what I wanted to be when I ‘grew up’ but I knew it was in a creative field. I probably didn’t realise until I was studying that it was what I wanted to do, and I didn’t really realise it would be a profitable career for me until a few years ago.

How did you end up at Central?

I applied straight from high school along with a few other courses and got accepted and heard it was hard to get into so I gave it a go. And I loved it!

What were the most valuable skills and knowledge you took away from your time here?

I think the best thing about Central is it’s an environment for you to self-explore creatively. I think studying fashion is about finding out your own style and being guided by people that have industry experience, more so than learning skills. I definitely learnt skills and knowledge in areas like marketing etc. But generally it was just creative exploration that I wouldn’t have explored without a brief and a deadline. My favourite units were figure drawing and textiles. Whilst in my second year, I did a summer course in Milan at a pretty prestigious college and came home and really appreciated how hands on TAFE was. What I think is so special about Central is that we learnt the whole process from sketching the design, making our own textiles and then making and sewing the finished garment. Working in the industry, I feel like this has given me a greater advantage over other designers in a commercial environment as they are sometimes only taught to sketch.

Would you say a Central Fashion Design course is a good springboard to getting started in the industry?

Yes. I am more hands on with my approach, so going to university to study fashion wasn’t appropriate for me.

Is there any advice you would give young budding designers just setting out?

I know everybody says it. But… go work for someone first. I started my label straight after leaving Central and then had the opportunity to design for a few different commercial labels. While they are totally different markets to the direction I want to go in, I learnt so much and gained so many contacts. Now that I am back doing my label full time I have a much greater understanding of how fashion business works in an international sense.

All of the designers in this article (apart from Lydia Tsvetnenko) studied the Advanced Diploma of Art and Design (Fashion and Textile Design) at Central.

See a video from the award night