FASHION business student Sophie Lucivero racked up 13 high distinctions and three distinctions on her way to winning South Metropolitan Tafe’s Higher Education Student of the Year award for 2016.
The Attadale resident completed a two-year Associate Degree at the Bentley campus, converting one of her assignments into a fully-fledged online fashion rental store.
“When I first started the course I knew I wanted to work in fashion but didn’t know exactly what my focus was going to be, it really helped channel my ideas,” Ms Lucivero said.
“I put together a business plan for my online shop as one of the assignments and showed my parents who encouraged me to actually make something of it.
“The lecturers at Tafe were fantastic and had so much industry knowledge, in every conversation I’d learn something new.”
Alongside Temporarily Yours, her online luxury bag and accessory rental store, Ms Lucivero has started working in visual merchandising for designer Anna Thomas.
She plans to develop her business further with a possible partnership, or moving to London to work in fashion.
South Metropolitan Tafe lecturer Lisa Piller said Sophie used the theory and skills she learned in the course to develop her digital platform and brand.
“Sophie was concerned with ‘fast fashion’ including the impact of mass production on the environment, so wanted to create a business that was a sustainable alternative for fashion lovers,” Ms Piller said.
“It was evident she was going to be a success through her commitment and enthusiasm in class and she was always willing to help and mentor new classmates.”