THE 46th annual South Metropolitan Tafe graduate fashion show hit new heights this month as 600 guests descended on the Aerospace Training Centre for the show.
Showcasing a year’s work by 20 Advanced Diploma of Fashion Design and Technology graduates, the show titled Ascend was held on a runway in front of a Boeing 737.
Student of the Year Tracee de la Nougerede, who presented from her label TJ the Label, said the show was an important end to the challenging year.
“We got to work as one with the lecturers to put the show together and it’s a really nice way to network with people in the industry in the hope to get a job,” she said.
“It’s been great learning and gaining support from staff and mentors that have been in the industry for many years and really understand it.
“The relationships formed help you get through such a crazy year and you realise it’s all worth it in the end when you see the final result.”
South Metro Tafe portfolio manager Andrea Quintal said the show would not be possible without the backing of industry and sponsors.
“These students have learnt from some of the best, with the likes of Zimmermann, Dion Lee, Aurelio Costarella and Ellery among many others providing work placement opportunities,” she said.
“(Tafe) has a rich history in fashion training which stems more than 40 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.
Most Outstanding Design Award
Range of the Year Award
Gerber CAD Training Award
Product Development and Marketing Award
Student of the Year Award
Tracee de la Nougerede