Designer brings inside out

Gemma Wray has a taste for clothes that are clean and classic.
Gemma Wray has a taste for clothes that are clean and classic.

These early experiments have led her to nurture this talent and she is studying fashion design at Tafe.

Gemma is also competing as one of 10 finalists in the 2015 Midland Gate student fashion competition.

She was selected from 60 entrants.

Her final-worthy gown was inspired by working machinery.

�I like the idea of showing off the small parts of what holds together the machinery,� Gemma said.

�I particularly like the idea of showcasing what is usually not seen from outside.

�I want to display just how good the inside parts can be and turn them into amazing-looking pieces.�

The theme chosen to guide designers is �artisan� and the gowns must be couture-worthy.

�I covered the whole bodice entirely with washers to show off the small parts,� Gemma said.

�I created a see-through panel on the shirt to show what�s on the inside.�

Gemma said contrary to popular belief, fashion design was actually a lot of hard work.

�Most of the hard work and dedication always pays off in the end and makes me feel accomplished at what I can create,� she said.

�Obviously I couldn�t know what I do now without the guidance from my Tafe lecturers.

�They are the best people for the job and their encouragement and support means the most.�

Work experience was also important for Gemma and she got to work with local designer Buffy, the woman behind the label Pekho.

Gemma�s garment, along with the other finalists, will be on display at Midland Gate Shopping Centre for two weeks from May 18.