Students on show with MYER

Date:04-04-2011

Students on show with MYER

4 April 2011 Kangan Institute students Christine Zahra from Kings Park, Sarah Massie from Mount Waverley and Ivana Saban from North Melbourne work on the Myer display When the curtains were drawn back at MYER's Bourke Street Mall store launch last week, 10 Kangan Institute students took great steps towards realising their career goals. As part of a training partnership with MYER, Kangan Institute's Centre of Fashion students were once again given the opportunity to get creative and put their talents on show, designing and implementing several mannequin displays as part of the launch. Wayne Latham, general manager of visual merchandise and brand at MYER, spoke highly of the ongoing Kangan/Myer relationship, which has recently seen Kangan fashion students produce garments to appear alongside MYER's family of Australian designers for an exhibition. "Myer is very proud to continue its ongoing partnership with Kangan Institute," he said. "We were so impressed by the quality of designs that in addition to the garments selected to showcase in the windows, we elected to exhibit the balance of the student designs in our store - appropriately we named the exhibition Future Fashion. "We were overwhelmed with the quality of the work the visual merchandise students responded with when briefed to create displays for our homewares floor. The results are visually dynamic and the quality of the execution is of an industry standard. Well done to the students." Kangan Institute has been delivering the Diploma of Visual Merchandising in partnership with MYER since early 2009. Wayne said the partnership is an ideal way to promote and encourage successful and beneficial industry relationships. "This partnership gives us an opportunity to work with young design talent and allows us to provide students with real industry placement where students learn valuable on-job skills. We see the Kangan relationship as mutually beneficial; the team at Kangan are wonderfully collaborative and foster strong industry relationships. This ensures the students have a very real understanding of what they can expect when they conclude study and commence working in the industry." Visual merchandising trainer Kate Carroll said the response to the student project was exceptional. "MYER has been extremely impressed with the creativity and professionalism of the students and this has further solidified our relationship which we've worked very hard to build over the last several years," she said. Students taking part in the MYER launch project: Michelle James, 22 from Narre Warren North. Ivana Saban, 30 from North Melbourne. Christine Zahra, 28 from Kings Park. Sarah Massie, 25 from Mount Waverley. Leela Egan-Halls, 21 from Maribyrnong. Rebecca Traglia, 19 from Keilor East. Claire Doolan, 28 from Riddells Creek. Herbert Ng, 36 from Brunswick. Kimberly Caruso, 22 from Lalor. Bridget Ryan, 20 from Forest Hill. All students are studying either the Diploma of Visual Merchandising or the Diploma of Fashion Design and Technology. For more information call 13 TAFE (13 8233) or visit Kangan Institute website.