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TAFE NSW graduate brings innovation to Afterpay Australian Fashion Week

TAFE NSW graduate brings innovation to Afterpay Australian Fashion Week

Smithfield local Christopher Daod is bringing an impressive clothing collection with its own upbeat energy and unique designs to Afterpay Australian Fashion Week as part of TAFE NSW Fashion Design Studio’s The Innovators showcase.
TAFE NSW graduate Chrostopher Daod always had a passion for art and problem solving and found his calling in fashion design.
“TAFE NSW taught me a lot about design principles and to distill it to the necessary aspects. During my course, I’ve been able to develop my own high-quality fibre and this has influenced my current knitwear collection,” Mr Daod said.  

“I work with a process of fully fashioning knit. This circular method of knitting means there’s very minimal waste. I always aim to be sustainable with garment construction, so this process of knitting really spoke to me.”
Christopher’s sense of eclecticism and playfulness and refined technical skills are apparent in his work.
 As part of TAFE NSW Fashion Design Studio’s The Innovators showcase he’ll be joining the runway in one of Afterpay Australian Fashion Week’s “hottest shows.”that is an important launch pad for emerging Australian fashion designers both locally and internationally.
For over 60 years, TAFE NSW Fashion Design Studio has produced some of the biggest names in the Australian fashion industry including Dion Lee and Bianca Spender and is the only fashion school in Australia to present graduate collections at Fashion Week.
“Being a part of Australian Fashion week is validating for me. It’s a stamp of approval that reminds me I’ve worked incredibly hard, and that my designs will be seen,” Mr. Daod said.
“The ability to share my art through fashion with a wider audience is super exciting to me. I'm a storyteller at heart, and this is my narrative I get to share.”
TAFE NSW Fashion Design Studio Head Teacher Laura Washington explained that the course supports students to become highly creative and work ready with skills to work both as an independent design professional and a collaborative design team member.
“Christopher brought enthusiasm and a can-do attitude to our class. His consistent hard work and fun and clever approach to design shines through his fashion collection,” Ms Washington said.
“The course teaches students to develop a refined understanding of design concepts. We’re pleased to see that this has really spoken in Christopher’s creations being bold, colourful and inventive.
“The teachers at TAFE NSW are committed and work hard to guide and nurture each of our students' individual design aesthetic and fashion interest.”

Media contact: Katrina Trinh, TAFE NSW Communications Specialist,