He won for his Band of Gold collection, which hit the runway at the 2013 Perth Fashion Festival.
Mr Yiap (26), who has a studio on Hay Street, said he wanted to pioneer the way for accessories and jewellery on the catwalk.
‘I want to put forward the idea that jewellery can stand on its own on the runway,’ he said.
‘A lot of the time, jewellery is thought of as a secondary item to tag on, but I really wanted to use the idea that jewellery could be presented on its own.’
Mr Yiap’s recent collection explores the elegant and lavish potential of jewellery, with each piece in the collection handmade.
‘My pieces have always had a sculptural element to them and I’ve recently expanded my practice to include larger scale works for public art, so I’d say I’m at a transformative stage in my career,’ he said.
The Curtin University graduate completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Jewellery in 2007.
Since then he has undertaken several artistic projects, and plans to engage in public art projects and private commissions in the future.
‘I’m always moving with the times; there’s a lot of technology in it,’ he said. ‘I’ve started moving into precious metals, but I’m pushing the idea of home wares and public artwork.’