Fashion’s future stars take over the catwalk

Polytechnic West fashion students Claudia Princi, Alana Opden-Akker and Mya Vreugdenburg. Picture: Marcus Whisson d412025
Polytechnic West fashion students Claudia Princi, Alana Opden-Akker and Mya Vreugdenburg. Picture: Marcus Whisson d412025

More than 700 guests attended the parade and award show in the Astral Room at Crown Perth to watch winners Alana Opden-Akker, of Beechboro, Mya Vreugdenburg, of Maylands, and Claudia Princi, of Noranda, take out the awards for Product Management, Textile Innovation and Most Consistent Student.

Opden-Akker, who moved to the city from Kalgoorlie four years ago, said she dreamed of the day she could design menswear.

Bringing vintage New York to life with her cutting-edge stylish designs, she said she found inspiration through architecture from New York including run down 1920s buildings through to modern geometrical skyscrapers.

Mother-of-two Vreugdenburg said she was happy she swapped her career in information technology to follow her childhood dream of a career in fashion design.

‘I embrace all things natural with my organic inspired women’s wear range, which is reflected through techniques including hand felting and Japanese Shibori dying,’ she said.

With representatives from many of Perth’s big name fashion designers in the crowd, the parade, in which 19 third-year advanced diploma students showcased eight garments down the catwalk, provided students first-hand knowledge on how the fashion industry operated.

The fashion parade has proved successful for the school, with a number of success stories stemming from the event, including past students Erin Van Haeften , Kate Wilks, Jonte Pike and Ebony Harding, who have gone on to create their own labels.