Centre of Fashion student Melanie Steiszkal will be winging her way to Milan soon, having taken out the Australasian Young Designers Wool Award at Sheepvention this month.
The annual event, now in its 10th year, showcases the talents of many up-and-coming designers as they competed for the top prize. Melanie's winning entry shows that she clearly doesn't follow the flock when it comes to innovative fashion designs.
This year's event attracted more than 70 entries from tertiary and secondary fashion students, with the parade itself attracting a sell-out crowd of 520 people.
Judges marked designs based on a range of technical elements and innovative use of wool.
At just 19 years old, Melanie's pathway in the fashion industry is just starting out, and if the judges' comments are anything to go by, she certainly has a bright future ahead.
When she completes her studies at the Centre of Fashion, Melanie has plans to launch her very own label.
Sheepvention, at Hamilton, is Australia's largest sheep field days, with more than 25,000 people attending each year.
Kangan Institute students Laura Keogh and Meg Jacobs also won awards in the daywear and fantasy/theatrical categories.
Students at the Centre of Fashion in Richmond have access to the latest machinery and equipment in purpose-built work areas. All teachers have industry backgrounds and provide tailored training across all aspects of the fashion industry, including expertise using wool.
Each year Centre of Fashion students win many awards at state and national level. The facility will hold its annual open day this Sunday August 15. For more information call 13 TAFE (13 8233).