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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 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.