The Midland Gate Shopping Centre competition is open to all Polytechnic West students and allows them to design, create and exhibit their fashion concepts.
From 60 entries, a judging panel has chosen 10 finalists to develop their designs and have the garments displayed at the shopping centre from May 18 to 31. Students were asked to submit a couture design using a forecasted style trend that features warm tones and raw, distressed materials.
Croeser said she was inspired by archive images she found of Midland railway workshops, including �heavy structured roofs, hard working men and women and never-ending train tracks that criss-crossed for miles�.
�I have used a plait technique through the bodice and briefs to reflect the train tracks and I played around with the placement and contrast colour to create a sense of direction,� she said.
Shoppers can vote for their favourite designer to win the $1500 prize.