Paris beckons Brisbane fashion student
Thursday, 29 July 2010
Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE (MSIT) fashion student Amy Davidson has received the learning opportunity of a lifetime after winning the 2010 International Sponsorship Award. This award will see her undertake an international internship in Paris.
Ms Davidson was presented with the award during Creations, the 2010 MSIT fashion parade held on Tuesday, 27 July, which showcased student graduate collections in front of 500 industry representatives, family and peers.
The Camp Hill third year graduate was presented with the award by Education Manager for Fashion Liz Reynolds who offered her congratulations to Amy.
"The 2010 International Sponsorship Award is an amazing opportunity for Amy to travel overseas to one of the world's leading fashion centres for her internship. She will use the skills she has learned at MSIT while furthering her passion for the fashion industry on an international scale," Ms Reynolds said.
Amy will complete her internship with fashion forecasting agency Stylesight where she will take part in a print and graphic forecasting project using her broad range of skills in fashion and graphic design. Upon returning to Australia, she plans to gain experience in an Australian fashion forecasting agency before launching her own fashion label.
Amy's final collection presented during the Creations parade, 'A Dark Fairytale', featured reversible swimwear and playwear. The garments of washed out pastel fabrics highlighted with colour pencil scribblings were inspired by the 'Alter Naïve' theme reported in fashion forecasting journal Promostyl.
Leading industry representatives selected Amy for the International Sponsorship Award based on several criteria including her design ability, garment construction, entrepreneurial skills, commitment to the textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) industry, class attendance and her potential to be a positive ambassador for Australia.
"MSIT's position as lead centre for textiles, fashion marketing and garment production affords our students the opportunity to gain exposure to contemporary industry benchmarks and international standards," Ms Reynolds said.
"The annual Creations fashion parade demonstrates the breadth of industry relevant skills our fashion students have learnt. It is what sets MSIT students apart and it is why we have been recognised as one of Australia's top fashion institutes for more than 26 years."
HR Manager for Colorado Sharyn Button said the Colorado Group, major sponsor of the International Sponsorship Award, employs a number of MSIT graduates.
"Our employees who have studied at MSIT, including some who have won the International Sponsorship Award, report a range of benefits gained from their international studies and work experience. We believe MSIT's course content and opportunities such as the International Sponsorship Award give students an important understanding of the fashion industry's commercial aspects."
JustFashion.com.au Business Establishment Award
A new prize for 2010, the JustFashion.com.au Business Establishment Award, was presented at the Creations parade to Nasain Baartz to help her establish and market her own fashion business.
The Bli Bli student will receive support with marketing, public relations and graphic design requirements; business registration funding for the first year of operation; web design and domain fees; plus a 12 month business listing on the JustFashion.com.au website.
Christian Gesche, Managing Director of Multimedia Australia, owner and operator of the JustFashion.com.au website, said the award will give Nasain a head start in a highly competitive global industry.
"The initial start up phase of establishing a new business can be the most challenging for emerging designers. They face difficulties including funding and getting their name noticed in the industry. The elements of this award will go a long way to help Nasain achieve industry success and the team at JustFashion.com.au hopes winning the award has a life changing impact on her future."
Cyan Reign La Bella Figura Design Competition
The third award presented during the Creations parade was the La Bella Figura Design Competition sponsored by Brisbane fashion designer and former MSIT student Cyan Reign.
Annerley student Madeline van Eeghen received a $250 cash prize donated by MSIT and she will undertake a mentorship with Cyan Reign at her Fortitude Valley based boutique. The award was open to second year fashion students who designed and constructed a garment inspired by Italian sources which were showcased during the 2010 Italian Week celebrations.
The Creations parade at MSIT featured more than 160 garments including several award-winning pieces recognised by Australian and international industry representatives at the Triumph Inspiration Awards and WorldSkills Australia.
Past MSIT graduates who have forged successful careers in the fashion industry include designers Julie Tengdahl, Daniel Lightfoot, George Wu and Leigh Buchanan.
MSIT fashion graduates are employed by some of the most prestigious national and international fashion companies such as Colorado, Triumph, Billabong, Easton Pearson, Marc Jacobs, Sportscraft, Pacific Brands and Timothy Everest in London.
MSIT's fashion training facilities at the Mt Gravatt campus will be refurbished in 2011 to provide state of the art equipment for its 700 fashion design students.