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Learning the art of fashion

14 Dec 2017

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Since its inception in 2012, fashion design at Holmesglen’s city campus in Southbank has grown and flourished.

In those six years, there has been a steady increase in demand for the institute’s brand of fashion education – one that prioritises innovative and technical design, delivered in professional facilities with strong student support and engagement.

The 2017 calendar was particularly busy. In January, Holmesglen hosted delegates from the National Home Economics Conference and, by March, two international students were selected to represent the institute in the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival runway event hosted by Study Melbourne.

Holmesglen’s annual awards festival is a significant event on the calendar and the opportunity to showcase student collections from 2016 was highlighted by a special runway event hosted at the awards dinner.

In May, the Victorian Department of Education chose Holmesglen fashion students to design and make an item of clothing for the Minister for Training and Skills, Gayle Tierney, to wear to the Victorian Training Awards. Minister Tierney’s outfit was capped by a silk scarf, designed exclusively with emblems of personal significance.

Melbourne Fashion Week was another important period, with Holmesglen represented across four events – from a standing exhibition at Docklands, to hosting renowned textile artist Linda Jackson, whose colour masterclass was a sell-out event.

Certificate II students from the VET in Schools program also had a chance to walk the fashion week runway, as part of Stonnington Council’s Expressions Gala event.

In a positive reflection of the passion shown by students, 80 per cent of the final year class were selected as part of Melbourne Fashion Week’s Emerging Designer Runway. While, three students were included in the top 15, with one featuring in the top five.

On October 18 students from certificate IV and degree courses competed in the Victorian Regional WorldSkills Competition, followed by another exclusive runway event as part of a Fashion Showcase at Holmesglen’s Chadstone campus.

Holmesglen was presented with the 2017 “International Provider of the Year” accolade at the Australian Training Awards.

International students have come from Italy, France, Brazil and South East Asia to study fashion at Holmesglen, citing the proximity to the city and the quality of teaching as important factors.

Holmesglen’s next city campus open day will be held on December 14. Register at holmesglen.edu.au/open

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