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Student Designer Show All About Uncovering Talent

The inaugural Student Designer Show organ­ised by the Fashion Council of Fiji is all about uncovering new talents. This was clear when more than 10 fantastic student de­signers showed what
20 Mar 2018 11:00
Student Designer Show All About Uncovering Talent
Front from left: Student Designer Show judge Andrew Powell, Fashion Council of Fiji chairman Faraz Ali, Karlene Dangerfield and Samson Lee, with student designers and models. Photo: Niyaaz Dean

The inaugural Student Designer Show organ­ised by the Fashion Council of Fiji is all about uncovering new talents.

This was clear when more than 10 fantastic student de­signers showed what they are capable of designing and producing as garment last Saturday at International School Suva.

International School Suva student Oliver Sinclair said he was happy to be part of the show and to be recog­nised with an award from the Council.

The Year 11 student who has been living in Fiji for 11 years has been participating in several fashion shows be­fore.

“Ever since I can remem­ber I have been designing and creating art and I think I admire visual arts and es­tablished designers both lo­cally and internationally.

“I definitely want to go into art and textile design might be at a university or men­torship with established de­signers.

“I am really honored and I want to say thank you to my parents and family and Ms Kate Reimann my art teacher who has supported me through and my support­ing friends.

He said he created a gar­ment that stands for sustain­ability and it’s an up-cycle garment and doesn’t affect the environment too much.

Fashion Council of Fiji chairman Faraz Ali said: “The inaugural Student De­signer Show is something new we are trying as a Coun­cil.

“So instead of taking in 100s of entries and putting pressure on students to cre­ate capsule collections im­mediately, many of whom have never designed before, we are stripping it back and focusing on basics.

“We accepted a limited number of students based on sketches provided so that our judges (this year they were Andrew Powell, Sam­son Lee, and Karlene Dan­gerfield) and I can speak to the designers one on one to guide them towards a career in the industry.

“In keeping with the Fash­ion Council of Fiji’s goals of SME development, the se­lected winners will be men­tored by prominent fashion figures such as Andrew Powell, Samson Lee, Ilai Jikoiono, Hupfeld Hoerder and so forth, to create cap­sule collections that will be exhibited at the Fijian Fash­ion Festival, our national platform and the region’s premier fashion event, for maximum exposure.

“Our goal is to then have these young designers re­tail their capsule collections through boutiques such as House of Design and the like, and to have them work towards launching a full col­lection in the future.

“Longevity, and a success­ful fashion career is so much more important than a few minutes in the spotlight.

“The British Council Valu­ing Voices programme that supported the inaugural Student Designer Show is about giving young people a voice, and that’s also exactly what we as a Council are committed to.”

The Bottega Gold Fijian Fashion Festival an intiative by the council is scheduled for June 1 and 2 at the Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva.

maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

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