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Sustainable fashion success at Rags to Runway: Great Southern Style

More than 20 fashion students from Kangan Institute took a stand for sustainable fashion through a unique Melbourne Fashion Week runway showcase at North Melbourne’s Meat Market yesterday.

Over 50 upcycled looks were paraded at Rags to Runway – Great Southern Style, a fashion parade jointly hosted by Kangan Institute and Australian Red Cross.

The designs were created by Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising (MST50116) students through a process of upcycling and redesigning using garments donated by Red Cross and other available recycled materials. The designs reflected all things Australian in line with this year’s Great Southern Style theme.

“We are incredibly proud of our students for their terrific showcase of creative, sustainable fashion collections at this year’s Rags to Runway parade,” said Trevor Schwenke, CEO of Kangan Institute.

“Our collaboration with Australian Red Cross on this project is a great example of TAFE working with industry and community to prepare our students for a sustainable fashion future.”  

Participating student Kashel Porozny said the Rags to Runway project was a valuable opportunity to gain industry-relevant skills.

“Working with Kangan Institute and Red Cross on this sustainability project will help me in industry because that’s the way we’re headed now – sustainability is going to be imperative in every company,” she said.   

Based at the Richmond campus, Kangan Institute’s Centre for Fashion and Creative Industries features a world-class faculty with extensive industry experience and industry connections. The boutique campus offers training programs in fashion design and business, interior design, millinery, and hair and beauty.

 

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