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Specialise in the realisation and construction of costumes for theatre, film and television. You will study the historical and social context of the evolution of costume through independent research supported by a series of lectures and museum visits.

TAFE NSW fashion courses provides a diverse educational experience designed to give you the skills and knowledge you need to manage your creativity as a designer within a business environment. Courses are delivered with a global fashion industry perspective; TAFE NSW fashion graduates include Dion Lee, Nicky Zimmermann, Romance was Born, Akira Isogawa and Alex Perry.

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Explore the various stages across the production supply chain continuum to allow for specialisation in fashion design and product development or fashion business and merchandising as well as generalist roles in clothing and production. Train in concept development, marketing, fashion buying, merchandising and supply chain management in the global fashion industry.

Create designs on base cloths for a variety of purposes including the fashion and or furnishing sectors. Learn how to create and print innovative designs for fabrics while you apply considerations of aesthetics and function, and use a range of design and fabric printing applications technology.

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Kaylene Milner

The student becomes the teacher

The classroom serves not only as a place to pass on knowledge and foster discussion, but also allows me to question how I approach design, sustainability and creativity in my own fashion label and musical projects

Kaylene Milner

Kaylene Milner has enjoyed an exciting and thrilling ride since graduating from the Fashion Design Studio in 2011.

After launching her namesake label at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia, she won the Fashion Future Scholarship to live and work in New York, gaining experience at legendary Diane Von Furstenberg design studio.

Kaylene then joined the Fashion Design Studio as a design teacher in 2013. She has since launched her cult brand “WAH-WAH AUSTRALIA,” as well as winning the 2017 Premier’s TAFE NSW scholarship.

Kaylene now mentors young designers as they launch their own brands. In addition to cult designer, teacher and entrepreneur, Kaylene is also an accomplished musician, having toured internationally as a trumpeter with jazz and classical groups, drummed in local punk bands, and DJ’d at underground events.

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What job opportunities could a fashion or textiles course lead to?

A fashion and textiles course can lead to a number of job opportunities, from designing a line for a runway show to running stylish, dynamic displays as a visual merchandiser.

Qualifications in fashion and textiles can lead to a job as a fashion designer, buyer, stylist, patternmaker, or wardrobe supervisor. The average weekly salary for a fashion designer is $1,264.

Whether you're just starting out in your fashion and textiles career, want to gain more qualifications, add to your previous experience, or simply broaden your horizons, TAFE NSW offers a wide variety of courses at a number of levels to suit you. TAFE courses in the area include Applied Fashion Design and Technology, Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising, Pattern Modification with Commercial Patterns, Visual Arts, Design Fundamentals, and Introduction to Textiles.