Rockingham resident’s winning SunSmart outfit

SunSmart Fashion Garment Project winner Aqeela Isaacs with model Alma Kuschel who is wearing Aqeela’s design.
SunSmart Fashion Garment Project winner Aqeela Isaacs with model Alma Kuschel who is wearing Aqeela’s design.

ROCKINGHAM resident Aqeela Isaacs did not sacrifice sun safety when designing her winning outfit for Cancer Council WA’s 2017 SunSmart Fashion Garment Project.

The 24-year-old created a fashion-forward summer piece with UV protection to be worn comfortably during the summer.

Aqeela said the design, a long-sleeved mid-length shift dress, initially proved challenging to create.

“I thought it was a bit challenging covering up a lot of the body and still keeping it cool for the summer” she said.

“We learned a lot about fabrics during the design process.”

The fabric chosen for Aqeela’s project provides sun protection (UPF 45 to 50) and can be worn with an optional hooded vest for additional sun safety. It is made from CoolCore fabric.

“When you think of a jacket, it’s to keep you warm, but my design is made from a CoolCore material that’s designed to cool you down when you sweat or get it wet,” she said.

Her unique designs were launched at boutique clothing store Ruck Rover in Northbridge last week.

The fashion project has been in operation for seven years, and for the past three years has been a collaboration between Cancer Council WA’s SunSmart team and Curtin University’s School of Design and Art.

If you’re interested in purchasing a garment, visit the Ruck Rover General Store located at 242 William Street, Northbridge (limited stock available).