Fashion success Andy Truong unveils his world

ANDY Truong

Kangan Institute’s fashion graduate Andy Truong

Meet Kangan Institute’s fashion graduate Andy Truong, fashion designer and MYER personal shopper/stylist at just nineteen years of age, and living proof that the right education, combined with talent and perseverance, can set you on the pathway to a brilliant future.   

Andy began his fashion studies in 2013 as part of Kangan Institute’s VET in Schools applied fashion design and technology program. From there, Andy propelled into a dynamic career in MYER – he started out as a menswear Christmas casual in November 2013, side-stepped into women’s wear within a year and was promoted to personal shopper/stylist half a year later.

“It was thanks to my exceptional skills and background in fashion design and trends mostly provided by my education at Kangan Institute,” said Andy, who graduated his VET studies in October 2014.

“In my job as personal shopper I get to play ‘fairy-god-mother’ to men and women who need to look impeccable for their special occasions or day-to-day life. When I’m not in an appointment, I can be found on the shop floor offering my eye for style to shoppers or discussing the latest designer collections with special VIP guests at exclusive MYER events.”

Meeting and interacting with prominent Australian fashion designers is par for the course within his role.

“Through my position at MYER, I have been lucky enough to have met prominent Australian fashion designers such as Alex Perry, Toni Maticevski, Adrian and Edwina from the label Aje, as well as New Zealand’s designer Kate Sylvester. Another highlight in my job was when I dressed Australian actress Sarah Snook for the premiere of her film Holding the Man,” shared Andy.

Despite an exciting day job, Andy has not given up on his core passion in fashion designing. Launched in 2012 his label Andy Truong has been gaining grounds in Australia and beyond.

“I was involved in Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Future Runway show in 2014, where I presented three looks (made from specially selected materials from Spotlight) to an audience of Australia’s fashion elite and socialites,” said Andy.

“The successful show led to my designs being picked up by new stocklists, including a boutique in Singapore called Gnossem. I’ve achieved my goal of being an international designer years ahead!”

You might have seen Andy’s success shared on television or at bookshops – his story was featured in So you want to be a fashion designer, a book by American author Patricia Wooster, as well as ABC’s MY:24 television series which presents how 24 hours can change a person’s life completely. For Andy, that was his inaugural solo fashion show at the 2012 Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.

The young designer has nothing but praise for Kangan Institute’s fashion program, citing it as the foundation of his repertoire in fashion.

“Thanks to my education at Kangan Institute, I was able to find time out of my busy VCE schedule to have fun learning and creating new designs, with professional help and input from the teachers to make beautiful collections to show at fashion shows, fashion buyers and industry elites to get me to where I am today,” said Andy.

“Without the weekly hours set aside for reading, sewing, cutting, pressing and steaming I wouldn’t have been able to have the knowledge and skills that I use to communicate the construction of garment designs to production manufacturers or the ability to explain to customers the quality of French seams in the gowns at Myer. To find out what a French seam is I suggest you study fashion at Kangan Institute!”

Kangan Institute’s fashion graduate Andy Truong's Gold dress runway

Check out Andy’s latest ‘Tran-seasonal 2015’ collection on For more information about Kangan Institute’s applied fashion design and technology courses visit