The sight captured her imagination and inspired her final design collection in her Advanced Diploma in Fashion studies at Bentley Polytechnic West.
�My collection was inspired by lakes and streams,� she said.
�I took a picture out of the plane window and I mirrored the images I found and developed the print.
�It�s land meeting the ocean.�
The striking 10-piece collection is the fruit of six months labour and the 20-year-old will unveil it as part of Nucleo, the annual fashion event for final-year design students.
Ritchie said she wanted to make an �edgy� contribution to the WA fashion industry.
�I�d love to go international, but I want to be faithful to the west for a while,� she said.
�I think it�s important to support our WA economy, we have so much potential here.�
Tonight, she will be among 23 final-year students to send their creations down the catwalk, in front of more than 500
�We get half a year to develop all looks � we have to pattern-make, print fabrics and fit them to models,� Ritchie said.
�I can�t tell you how many hours I have spent creating the collection.�
Ritchie is among a class of young designers set to lead Perth�s fashion future.
Mandurah designer Kirra James is releasing a collection with sizes ranging from 8 to 18.
�I began making my own clothes in the early 2000s because there were no clothes for plus-sized people,� she said.
�But now plus sizes are becoming more mainstream, although they still aren�t youthful or sexy.�
James takes pride in her collection being accessible to everyone.
Redcliffe student Ami Kadota stained silks with fruit teas and coffees to create a couture collection for women aged in their late 30s.