ALFRED Cove emerging designer So Young Shin won the trip of a lifetime travelling to the Melbourne Fashion Festival (MFF) this month after taking out Karrinyup Shopping Centre’s North Metropolitan Tafe design exhibition last month.
Twelve students had their designs displayed on mannequins near Myer, showcasing the latest garments created by the class of 2017.
Throughout the fashion exhibition, customers were invited to vote for their favourite look.
Guest judge and Fashion Council WA creative director Mariella Harvey-Hanrahan selected the overall winner, Shin (36), whose design was inspired by her childhood growing up in Korea in the ‘90s.
Harvey-Hanrahan said the initiative provided valuable exposure and opportunities for young graduates.
“It’s exciting to see the creativity that comes through from students who continue to shape the future of Western Australian Fashion,” she said.
“For me, the stand out was So Young Shin, the fabrics were beautiful, and the finishing was of a high standard.
“This great prize gives students and graduates an opportunity to engage with the industry.
“I’m looking forward to spending time with So Young in Melbourne and learning more about her future direction.
“It is so important we continue to invest in tomorrow’s fashion practitioners.”
The fashion graduate said she felt all her hard work had paid off and that it is reassuring to see support for her creative collection.
“This has given me more confidence and has really empowered me for my future collections,” she said.
“Attending MFF is a great opportunity and means so much to me.” Ms Shin said.
The festival, which runs until March 18, presents the most stylish fashion focused entertainment, world-class runway shows featuring Australia’s established and emerging designers, state-of-the-art production, industry seminars, forums and live entertainment.