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TAFE graduate wins Awards and designs Miss World gown

Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE (MSIT) fashion graduate Anna Peng has taken out a hat trick of prizes including Designer of the Year at one of Australia's leading fashion competitions announced in Taree, NSW on Saturday, 27 August.

Ms Peng's outstanding industry recognition in the Flair Awards landed her a prize pool of more than $4,000 cash and two Brother Sewing Machines valued at $2,499.

Not only did she scoop the pool at the Flair Awards, this Macgregor couture designer also saw one of her gowns shown around the world last weekend when pageant beauty Amber Greasley wore one of Anna's designs during the crowning ceremony of Australia's winner of the Miss World national finals in Melbourne.

Ms Peng's fellow MSIT fashion graduate, Jenna Redfern from Manly, won the prize for the Avant Garde category of the Flair Awards and a number of other MSIT fashion students were selected as finalists.

Ms Peng said she was extremely excited about winning the Flair Awards and paid tribute to her MSIT teachers.

"Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE's teachers have mentored me and supported me all the way through my studies to complete an Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology," Ms Peng said.

"The trainers at MSIT are such an inspiration to the students and we see them as crucial to our success as emerging designers. I will always be grateful in particular to two of my teachers, Kerry Xynias and Chris Twine, for their encouragement, industry knowledge and never ending patience."

The three categories in the Flair Awards won by Ms Peng include 'Collections', 'Cocktail' and the coveted 'Designer of the Year'.

The Flair Awards recognise the work achieved by Australia's professional and emerging designers whose garments are judged by a panel of high profile industry leaders.

Ms Peng's garments shown in the Flair Awards were part of her MSIT graduate collection titled Ethereal. 

"I was inspired by mythological nymphs, and the ephemeral organisms and life-force that are born from nature. I drew inspiration from the shapes, form and textures of life forms within the forests and recreated a sense of surreal beauty and rhythm within my garments."

Ms Peng said she is working as a made to measure evening and bridal couture designer and designing an exciting new range for her own label.

"I am currently designing a range of ready to wear garments for my label Anna Peng. The collection will feature cocktail and evening wear," she said.

Ms Peng was inspired by the image of a Greek goddess when she designed the gown for Amber Greasley.

"I was very excited to have the opportunity to create the gown for Amber. When I saw her, I knew the design I had created for Amber would be perfect. When she wore the gown she truly did look like a Greek goddess! She looked classy, beautiful and elegant."

This page was last updated at 08-May-2013

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