Both current and past participants have acknowledged the
debt they owe to Fashion Design Studio and the opportunities it has facilitated
Australian fashion's festive season falls in early April each year,
when Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week shines a spotlight on the nation's
increasingly acclaimed designers. Many of those designers – including
the likes of Alex Perry, Akira Isogawa, Lisa Ho and Nicky Zimmerman –
are alumni of the Fashion
Design Studio at TAFE's Sydney Institute, and each year the most
promising of the current crop of students get a chance at their big
break by taking part in Fashion Week's ‘The Innovators' show.
The Innovators is the brainchild of Fashion
Design Studio head teacher Nicholas Huxley, who launched the
program after realising almost all the designers featured at Fashion
Week were products of his school. The show is named to celebrate the
Fashion Design Studio's emphasis on innovation – as Huxley says,
getting accepted into his institution "is not about how well you
did in your HSC, it's about talent".
This year, Huxley tapped six of his school's most promising students
– Inder Dhillon, Elissa McGowan, Leroy Nguyen, Vinh Nguyen, Paul Scott
and Ying Yuan – to present their work (up from four as a result of the
quality and response to last year's show). The six were in good
company, with another TAFE alumni – Emma Mulholland – on display with
her debut solo show.
Both current and past participants have acknowledged the debt they
owe to Fashion Design Studio and the opportunities it has facilitated.
"It builds a really strong work ethic," said Dion Lee after
his Innovators show in 2009.
It's a sentiment shared by one of 2013's Innovators, Paul Scott:
"The reputation it has for being such an amazing school, it
speaks for itself. It's the best in Australia and it's world class."
Image credit: TAFE NSW - Sydney Institute, Fashion Design Studio