Laura's LBD takes her to NY
15 October 2010
Kangan Institute fashion student Laura Keogh from Ferntree Gully will be winging her way to New York next year, all thanks to that godsend for women the world over - the little black dress.
Laura's entry in the annual Tessuti Awards Little Black Dress category wowed the judges and a fashion-savvy audience to take out top honours at the recent awards ceremony in Sydney.
For the first time in its history, the Tessuti Awards were opened up to entrants from all over the country through a newly-created website. The competition was fierce, with more than 90 entries from all over Australia and some great prizes up for grabs. To be eligible for the LBD category, entrants had to use black silk organza in their dresses and incorporate a range of design details.
Laura says her entry - a striking silk organza creation designed to flatter an hourglass figure - took around three weeks to complete.
"I've never sewn with organza before so this piece was all new to me. The design for the dress was inspired by ancient architecture, and the strong, structural designs of historic buildings," she says.
"The dress is heavily structured around an archway theme, which creates and extra level to the hourglass form."
The layered dress was a crowd favourite, with plenty of online support for Laura's entry in the lead-up to the award evening. It was clearly a favourite with the judges too, beating out some quality competition to win the return trip to New York.
"I really only found out that I was attending the awards a week before, so it was a bit of a last-minute booking!" she says.
"It was a big surprise to win, and I'm really looking forward to taking my trip to New York sometime next year. Hopefully I'll be able to match it up to New York Fashion Week, and I'll definitely be taking full advantage of the opportunity to contact some designers and get some more experience."
When she completes her Advanced Diploma of Fashion Design with Kangan Institute in November this year, Laura, who is currently doing some work experience with a local stylist, says she's hoping to work with a Melbourne fashion house, learn the ropes and develop a head for the industry.
"Long-term, the ultimate goal would be to design my own collections, but the industry is very competitive, and it's important to work your way through the ranks," she says.
Established in 1992, Tessuti Fabrics is now recognised as one of Australia's leading retailers of quality and designer fabrics. The annual awards were established to recognise up-and-coming young designers and the individual talents and clever creations of 'home couture'.