Amaya's elegant designs win award

Monday, 22 December 2008

White Gum Valley resident, Amaya Mepham, took out the Burnells Award for Garment Construction at the Challenger TAFE's end-of-year fashion graduation parade.

Amaya's designs consisted of an elegant range of Art Deco-inspired black and white dresses that were recognised by the judges for their high quality of construction.

"Amaya's beautiful skills stood out over the rest of the class. She will have no problem being employed in the industry," the judges reported.

Now that she has completed her Certificate IV in Clothing Production, Amaya has the skills and knowledge to design and produce garments and run her own small business.

The stylish night was launched by Challenger TAFE's Managing Director, Liz Harris, who explained how the College's fashion training is providing students with industry-relevant training.

"Maintaining our partnerships, with Fremantle businesses such as Morrison, Ae'lkemi, Love in Tokyo and Gospel are vital to Challenger TAFE remaining a recognised training provider for the fashion industry," she said.

"Having these connections gives our students the opportunity to gain a 'real' fashion design experience while still learning the trade in a structured environment."

Guest speaker, Morrison's Richard Poulson, highlighted the need for students to be business savvy.

"To be successful in the fashion industry you need to make sure you know what people want," he explained.

"Having the right product can result in invaluable word-of-mouth advertising, but to make it all work you have to have the right technical and administrative skills and a lot of passion!"

The graduating students parade, with its Art Deco theme, provided a glimpse of the continuing success of high-quality fashion talent that is being grown in the Fremantle area and was attended by representatives of several successful fashion designers such as Costarella Design, Su Design, Ae'lkemi, Love in Tokyo, Empire Rose, Gospel and Ashe.

The parade also saw Penny Dunn of Subiaco take out the Attitude Magazine Emerging Talent Award and Attadale resident Veronica Solomon win the Martin & Savage Award.

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