Old world glamour took on a contemporary twist on the catwalk at Kangan Institute's annual fashion parade, Hollywood Hot, held on December 6, 2011.
The parade showcased hand crafted garments and individually-designed pieces of millinery from Kangan Institute's Centre of Fashion students. Highlights included award-winning student designs that were recognised on local and international stages.
Held at BMW edge at Federation Square, the event's installations and graphics were designed and implemented by visual merchandising students.
The annual event also recognised the year's outstanding students, including The Best Graduate Collection judged by Tony Paterno, National Visual Merchandising Coordinator at MYER, which was awarded to Melanie Steiszkal.
"Winning the award was a very humbling and rewarding way for me to finish my time here at Kangan Institute and I'm very grateful for the opportunity to gain experience in creating my own professional portfolio," she said.
"I am impressed with the exceptional standard of Kangan Institute's fashion parade which not only gives students the opportunity to see their hard work and dedication on display, but also a taste of how preparations of a show are conducted from garment selections to fitting and styling."
Melanie, who is also the winner of the Pikatur Photography Award, will be working towards an internship in the following months to gain further experience. She will also be flying to Milan to complete a summer scholarship in June.
"The past three years at Kangan Institute have been such a positive learning experience for me and I can proudly say that I am walking away with knowledge I can bring to my future career in the industry," she said.
The parade's choreography and styling were executed by Melbourne's leading stylist Franco Schifilliti who shared that the innovative designs on show were of a very high standard.
"The styles portrayed sharp designing skills from students who are more than ready to become the designers of tomorrow," he said.
Odile Higgins, Manager at Kangan Institute's Centre of Fashion, said the parade was an all-round success.
"The parade was a credit to the team and judging from the fantastic feedback received from students, parents and industry, we can say this was the best show to date," she said.
"From the exceptional standard of garments through to the endless creativity of the installations, our students' skills and talents were more than apparent and we hope that this experience will serve as a wonderful stepping stone to stunning careers and futures."
The evening featured award-winning designs from the following students:
Elise Morrow, Aspendale - First prize, The Paris American Academy Award.
Ally Li, Doncaster - People's Choice Award, Fashion Forward.
Erin Weibye, Prahran - Most Sustainable Design, Fashion Forward.
Stephanie Garra, Airport West - Most Innovative Design, Fashion Forward.
Hannah Pearce, Glenhuntly - Top Ten, MYER's Fashion on the Field: Millinery Award 2011.
Event sponsors for the night included Capron Carter(Style CAD), Dean's Art, M.Recht, Pikatur Photography, Astratex , Franco Schifilliti Consulting, Gerber Technology, Jack Stock, Davisha, Dancing Queen and Heading Out Hair and Beauty.
Anyone wishing to get photos from the event may visit the Pikatur Photography website at http://pikatur.com or visit our Facebook photo folder.
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