Fashion graduates showcase their final collections

Leading up to the excitement of the Adelaide Fashion Festival, TAFE SA fashion design students are putting the finishing touches to their final collections ahead of the TAFE SA 2017 Fashion Parade at Freemasons Hall on 3 October.

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s showcase, which will herald 11 graduates of the Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising program.

This year’s parade called Departure, will feature a range of eclectic and diverse garments. Colour is a real feature with vibrant ethnic prints, reflecting the various cultural backgrounds of the students.

A spectacular runway will be created in the historic Freemasons Hall on North Terrace.

TAFE SA’s Fashion Design and Technology Principal Lecturer, Helen Jansson said the annual Graduate Parade demonstrated how all elements of the students’ learning at TAFE SA contribute to them leaving as skilled, job-ready graduates.

“Our graduates not only create cutting-edge designs, they understand each component of this competitive industry, from concept to completion,” Ms Jansson said.

“They venture into the job market understanding that fashion is more than drawing a pretty design – it’s understanding the whole industry.”

Helen said this year there is a fresh fashion direction, challenging our conceptions of the fashion norm.

TAFE SA fashion graduate Nasreen Jawad has recently worked for various Adelaide designers and fashion boutiques and hopes to one day design high quality garments for all women from different ethnic and economic backgrounds to enjoy.  

Her graduating collection ‘The Early Morning Mist’ reflects a sense of romantic elegance and simplicity.

“My inspiration came from a variety of sources including ‘La Belle Époque’ of Edwardian times, Jane Eyre with ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and Diana, Princess of Wales.

“I tried to capture the essence where the ideal image of beauty was not only physical but also how women expressed themselves and then add my own personal touch,” Ms Jawad said.

“My TAFE SA lecturers were also inspiring, they taught us well in terms of garment construction, but also gave us the space to achieve our own design goals which helped to strengthen our practical skills.”

Francis Heartfield

December 03, 2018 — NASREEN JAWAD

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