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Harry

Harry Milward, Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology
 
 
andy

Andy Truong, Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology - VET in Schools
 
 
Jessica

Jessica Lawrence, Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology
 
 
 
Harry
 
 
 

Harry Milward, Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology
Class of 2016 Inspirational Student of the Year Award

 
“I had no idea how to sew and didn’t know anything about patternmaking. But the teachers here are really amazing and coming in fresh enabled me to learn so many new things.”

Taking on fashion studies at age 24 with no prior experience in the field can be daunting. But Harry shows us that becoming a late blooming fashion star is not such an impossible task after all.

“I worked as a photographer for several years, but got really burnt out and wanted to find a new outlet. I always liked fashion even when I was in photography; it’s a great way to express yourself,” he said.

Starting the course wasn’t always smooth-sailing for the experienced photographer, but guidance and encouragement from his teachers helped Harry find his way.

“I had no idea how to sew and didn’t know anything about patternmaking. It was a struggle. But the teachers here are really amazing and coming in fresh enabled me to learn so many new things,” he said.

“The feedback I receive from my teachers for assignments are always encouraging. I’d cut them out and stick them on the wall next to my desk to keep me going whenever I feel stressed out.”

As his studies progressed, Harry steadily elevated his fashion skills to great heights and was selected to showcase his Tokyo-inspired fashion collection, Storm, in the 2016 Melbourne Spring Fashion Week’s Emerging Collective Runway.

“Through the course, I gained many opportunities to grow my skills and gain new experiences. I got the opportunity to go on study tours to Japan and Indonesia, which opened my eyes to new inspirations. I was also selected to participate in the 2016 Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, which was a tremendous honour and experience,” he shared.

“I’ve just started assisting local designer Vincent Li as an intern and it’s very rewarding work within a great environment!”

To Harry, the right learning environment made all the difference to his journey as a mature-age learner.

“I’d definitely recommend Kangan Institute to others. Here you get the attention you need and learn real skills in great facilities. The teachers here are amazing and know everybody’s strengths and weaknesses. It’s a fantastic place to be and it’s been a second home to me,” he said.

 
andy
 
 
 

Andy Truong, Certificate II in Applied Fashion Design and Technology - VET in Schools

 
"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. The professional help and input from the teachers enabled me to make beautiful collections to present at fashion shows and to fashion buyers and industry elites. This helped me get to where I am today.

Without the weekly hours set aside for reading, sewing, cutting, pressing and steaming I wouldn’t have the knowledge and skills 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!"

 
Jessica
 
 
 

Jessica Lawrence, Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology
2016 Fashion Awards Australia – 1st prize, High Street Fashion Award for New and Emerging Designers

 
Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology student Jessica Lawrence is set to be Australia’s next top designer, with the creative star awarded the 2016 Fashion Awards Australia’s first prize High Street Fashion Award for New and Emerging Designers last month.

Jessica’s winning outfit comes from her collection, Scent of a Woman, which draws inspiration from the multi-faceted virtues of being a woman.

“I was so thrilled to win; there were so many talented designers who had entered and to win was overwhelming,” she said.

“All outfits from my collection have an animal connection and the meaning of that animal reflects the qualities we possess as women. The outfit that won has a leopard appliqued on its back, which reflects strength. The design aesthetic is inspired by the opulence of Old Hollywood combined with the freedom of 70's disco.”

Jessica, who also achieved the 2015 Fashion Award Australia’s TAFE Designer of the Year Award, credits her training as an instrumental factor to her success.

“Everything I have been able to do has come from my training at Kangan Institute. The teachers and their faith and belief in me have been in incredible. They have backed me all the way with my designs and ideas, and they have guided and taught everything I have needed to know,” she said.

 
Rachael
 
 
 

Rachael Gammon, Diploma of Visual Merchandising
Exhibited in the National Gallery of Victoria’s 2016 Best of the Best fundraising exhibition

 
Team leader Rachael and her classmates worked with local designers M.A.D Projects to create a daring Alice in Wonderland meets mental asylum table art display.

Rachael’s idea of incorporating medical supplies and UV drip bags in the centrepiece was one of two selected by M.A.D and Rachael worked alongside fellow team leader Domitille Le Rall to combine their ideas and create a final design.

“I was really honoured that I was chosen. To work in the NGV is just a great opportunity to put on my resume and folio, and this is a big story in my folio. I’m just really humbled that I got chosen,” she said.

Rachael aspires to be a national visual merchandising manager at Cotton On and shares her thoughts about Kangan Institute.

“They’ve got great teachers there – Ron, Kaye and Mark are fantastic. The course only goes for a year but I’ve learnt a lot since I’ve been there, so it’s been great. I’m glad I chose Kangan Institute.”

 
Domitille
 
 
 

Domitille (Domi) Le Rall, Diploma of Visual Merchandising
Exhibited in the National Gallery of Victoria’s 2016 Best of the Best fundraising exhibition

 
"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. The professional help and input from the teachers enabled me to make beautiful collections to present at fashion shows and to fashion buyers and industry elites. This helped me get to where I am today.

Without the weekly hours set aside for reading, sewing, cutting, pressing and steaming I wouldn’t have the knowledge and skills 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!"

 
aarti
 
 
 

Artika Devi, Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology

 
Inspired by her grandmother who was a dressmaker, Fiji-born Artika has loved fashion from a young age.

Upon receiving an Australian scholarship she pursued a fashion diploma at Kangan Institute’s Centre for Fashion and Creative Industries in Melbourne to immense success. Since graduating, she has showcased her designs at the 2016 Melbourne Spring Fashion Week and, most recently, at the 2016 Fiji Fashion Week.

“I think of fashion designing as an art. Designing gives me the freedom to express my creativity in a way that is accessible to everyone in everyday life. One doesn't have to go to a museum or art gallery, people will be able to see my designs on the streets in day-to-day life. That is why I fell in love with fashion design,” she said.

“Getting to show my range in the most elite fashion show in the south pacific has been a very humbling experience. The team at Fiji Fashion Week have been very supportive and I am getting to learn a lot of new things.”

Aarti said her Kangan Institute studies have been immensely fulfilling.

“It’s been very rewarding. I’ve learnt so many things. The teachers are the best part about this place and I’m so glad to have been in this class. There have been tough times, deadlines and late nights. But it all pays off – when you see your designs on the catwalk you know you’ve made it,” she said.

Her studies and fashion week appearances combined has ensured that Aarti’s career prospects are bright.

“I have had a bit of interest from the Fiji fashion industry. There has been talk of collaborating with a local garment manufacturer to release my own label. It is very exciting indeed,” she said.

She also plans to share her unique insights from the Kangan Institute-Red Cross upcycling project by incorporating the theme in future work.

Rachael

Rachael Gammon, Diploma of Visual Merchandising
 
 
Domitille

Domitille (Domi) Le Rall, Diploma of Visual Merchandising
 
 
Artika

Artika Devi, Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology
 
Alexandra

Alexandra (Alex) Turner, Diploma of Visual Merchandising
 
 
Madiison

Madiison Ledger, Diploma of Visual Merchandising
 
 
Cassandra

Cassandra Bancroft, Diploma of Visual Merchandising
 
 
Alexandra
 
 
 

Alexandra (Alex) Turner, Diploma of Visual Merchandising
Exhibited in the National Gallery of Victoria’s 2016 Best of the Best fundraising exhibition

 
Alex and her classmates worked with local designers M.A.D Projects to create a daring Alice in Wonderland meets mental asylum table art display.

“It was nice to work on something that’s not just a school project. It was an actual event and real work,” she said.

For Alex, the Diploma of Visual Merchandising has offered a wealth of knowledge and practical experience.

“I really enjoyed it. It’s nice to have a proper hands-on course and knowing that our instructors are from industry as well means we’re actually learning relevant skills,” she said.

 
Madison
 
 
 

Madiison Ledger, Diploma of Visual Merchandising
Exhibited in the National Gallery of Victoria’s 2016 Best of the Best fundraising exhibition

 
Madiison and her classmates worked with local designers M.A.D Projects to create a daring Alice in Wonderland meets mental asylum table art display.

“The national gallery is amazing and it was an honour to be a part of something this big, especially with some of the other designers that were here. It was really exciting to have people sitting in our table and interacting with the things we created,” she said.

Madiison studied film prior to taking on visual merchandising at Kangan Institute.

“I wanted to do something creative that also offered good job prospects. Kangan Institute’s course is practical, hands-on and focuses on real world projects – we go out and do lots of work experience. The teachers are knowledgeable and well-connected so we have a lot of opportunities to make connections during and after the course.”

 
Cassandra
 
 
 

Cassandra Bancroft, Diploma of Visual Merchandising
Exhibited in the National Gallery of Victoria’s 2016 Best of the Best fundraising exhibition

 
Cassandra and her classmates worked with local designers M.A.D Projects to create a daring Alice in Wonderland meets mental asylum table art display.

“I come from a fine arts background and exhibiting in the NGV is a really big deal for me,” she said.

Cassandra says undertaking the Diploma of Visual Merchandising has expanded her future career options.

“I know I have a really big future ahead. If I decide to go into styling, visual merchandising or even back to fine arts, I have training.”

 
Lily
 
 
 

Lily Juthaporn, Diploma of Visual Merchandising
Exhibited in the National Gallery of Victoria’s 2016 Best of the Best fundraising exhibition

 
Lily and her classmates worked with local designers M.A.D Projects to create a daring Alice in Wonderland meets mental asylum table art display.

“It was a very interesting project and we had to be really creative,” she said.

“When studied interior design at university, we did projects visually but did not have opportunities to bring it to life. At Kangan Institute we had many chances to work on real jobs and gain work experience, which I really liked.”

 
Kristen
 
 
 

Kristen Cleal, Diploma of Visual Merchandising
Exhibited in the National Gallery of Victoria’s 2016 Best of the Best fundraising exhibition

 
Kirsten and his classmates worked with local designers M.A.D Projects to create a daring Alice in Wonderland meets mental asylum table art display.

“The project has really brought the whole group closer together and it was a really nice end to our year at Kangan Institute. It’s not just our last project but also a celebration of the end of our course,” he shared.

Kirsten says his training has prepared him for entering the workforce.

“The course was really hands on. Work experience is very important, especially with the industry we’re in. Kangan Institute was able to accommodate for that, which was great,” he said.

Kristen recently started working as an in-store visual merchandiser at men’s clothing store yd. in Eastlands shopping centre and loving every moment of it.

“It’s a brand new store that I opened last week. I love it. I always knew that I wanted to go into menswear fashion visual merchandising.”

 
Amelia
 
 
 

Amelia Williamson, Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology

 
Amelia’s fashion dreams began in the world’s fashion capital, Milan, while on a student exchange program at a fashion school during her secondary school years.

When she returned to Australia she quickly enrolled in a VET in Schools fashion program at Kangan Institute and progressed into the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology which she recently graduated.

“I’ve always had a bit of interest in fashion but it really took off after I went to Italy,” she said.

“I really like coming up with new ideas and being innovative. I must say I love the events and all the experiences that come with being in the fashion industry.”

Amelia showcased her designs at the 2016 Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Ecothreads music and sustainable fashion show, with her Red Cross upcycled outfit worn by Stonefield band’s Hannah on the night.

The experience was a-dream-come-true for the 19 year old designer who is currently pursuing her own music-focused design label, Blazing Monkeys.

“My dream is to be dressing musicians so this opportunity has been perfect for me. I’ve been trying to push my own brand, Blazing Monkeys, and I started off with making leggings for an Australian band last year. I’ve got a couple of clients that have been buying leggings from me. I hope to get some stalls happening at music festivals soon,” she said.

Amelia shared that the experience with upcycling has transformed her own take on fashion design.

“It’s been a roller coaster. It’s a very new learning curve as upcycling was something we’ve never done before. It took me a few weeks to actually start coming up with ideas of what I was going to make and what I wanted out of the stuff I had. I did a couple of drawings and sketches and finally came up with my final idea,” she said.

“Now whenever I see off cuts, I keep them as it can be turned into something cool. There’s so much of potential in small pieces of fabric.”

The young designer currently works at a uniform company in Richmond where she works on cutting fabric, sewing and some design work.

“Studying at Kangan Institute in Richmond has given me more opportunities - I get to see more places and I’m around a lot of different things,” she said.

“I also gained a lot of hands-on experience that I love.”

Next up for Amelia is the 2016 World Skills Australia National Competition in October which will pit her skills against other up-and-coming designers in Australia’s fashion world. The young designer was shortlisted for the national World Skills finals after a state competition last year.

“I feel a little bit of nervous but I’ve been practising. I’ve got my own set up at home where I do basic patterns and keep my skills up. I work full-time in the industry and seize every opportunity I have to make a new pattern, sew and press,” she said.

Lily

Lily Juthaporn, Diploma of Visual Merchandising
 
 
Kristen

Kristen Cleal, Diploma of Visual Merchandising
 
 
Amelia

Amelia Williamson, Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology
 
Nevie

Tu (Nevie) Trinh Tran, Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology
 
 
Jodean

Jodean Pereira, Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology
 
 
Tristan

Tristan Hyde, Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology
 
 
Nevie
 
 
 

Tu (Nevie) Trinh Tran, Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology

 
Most fashion students have one dream in common – to have their designs showcased on the runway. Fashion student Nevie achieved this dream at the 2016 Melbourne Spring Fashion Week – one of the biggest annual fashion celebrations in the state – at Kangan Institute’s Ecothreads music and sustainable fashion show.

“It was crazy at first because it was so overwhelming. I’m excited and nervous at the same time. This was the first time my designs were in a show,” said Nevie who designed an upcycled crop top and skirt outfit.

Nevie will be taking on advanced diploma studies next and looking forward to becoming a designer after graduating.

“In high school we had a TAFE and university event where we had to decide where we wanted to go and what we wanted to do. When I saw Kangan Institute I knew that I wanted to go here – it was so interesting. I was a beginner; in high school I didn’t do any sewing so when I started out here I learnt and processed a lot. The teachers are good to us,” she said.

 
Jodean
 
 
 

Jodean Pereira, Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology

 
For Jodean, a TAFE study experience was something she knew would help her kickstart her journey in fashion right after high school.

“I wanted something really practical and a more hands-on type of learning, which is why I came to TAFE,” she said.

“My passion for fashion started in high school textiles. I was so fascinated by how a garment came together. I learnt to develop my drawing skills and became really interested in this creative career path. I always wanted to do something I loved as a career. You only get one shot in life so I’m going to give it a red hot go.”

Her ultimate dream is to open a small, bespoke formal wear business, a goal that she is steadily working towards with the support of her teachers at Kangan Institute.

“The whole business side is daunting but I’m getting skills in that as we take a business subject,” she said.

“I definitely love the teachers. They’re really hands-on and they mentor you rather than just hand out work. It’s a very supportive network. They always encourage us to challenge ourselves. I’ve tried things that seemed hard and the result makes you so proud, like you can’t believe what you’ve achieved.”

The 19-year-old participated in Kangan Institute’s 2016 Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Ecothreads music and fashion show, adding yet another achievement to her list. Jodean had participated in Kangan Institute’s annual fashion parade in 2015 and had achieved a runner-up award for best first year fashion student.

“We get so many opportunities here to showcase our work and get exposure. It was definitely a privilege to be part of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week and to have our work showcased in the iconic ACDC lane,” she said.

“People say it’s hard and you can’t do it, but the teachers here know so many people and it’s surprisingly easy to get exposure.”

 
Tristan
 
 
 

Tristan Hyde, Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology

 
Tristan dabbled in webpage design and information systems before realising that he wanted to do fashion design.

“My mom used to be in the rag trade when it was on Flinders Lane in the ‘70s and my dad was always into the arts. It took me a while to realise I was artistic, probably when I was 25. I went straight into web page design when I finished school, did information systems for a little bit, and then found out that I actually wanted to do fashion design,” he said.

“The course has been really good – a lot of growth and learning. Kangan Institute lecturers are really great and prepared to put in a lot of work. They’ve got plenty of time for the students, which is really good.”

Tristan describes his participation in Kangan Institute’s 2016 Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Ecothreads music and sustainable fashion show with Stonefield as a “phenomenal opportunity” that has given him a fresh perspective on eco-friendly fashion.

“Focusing on sustainability has taught me a lot. It will encourage me to try and find more sustainable fibres in clothing in the future,” he said.

Poised to continue into advanced diploma studies, Tristan hopes to one day combine his love for the ocean with his passion for fashion.

“I’d like to move down to the coast and work for a surf brand at Torquay, or have my own brand and maybe work with denim,” he said.

 
Glennys
 
 
 

Glennys Van Damme, Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology

 
Glennys, who took part in the 2016 Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Ecothreads music and sustainable fashion show with Stonefield, said the experience provided a vital taste of real industry work.

“It was a really awesome experience and a really good idea for people that are studying fashion and design because it’s a real life brief. It’s a really great concept to recycle something that’s going to end up in landfill, and to work with the band and Red Cross,” she said.

“It’s funny to think that someone who’s just finishing school can end up in such an awesome event like MSFW. It’s really cool.”

The 21-year-old studied arts and psychology in university before realising that fashion was her calling.

“I was a semester into a degree in arts and psychology and realised it was not for me. Fashion was something that I’ve always wanted to do so I just went for it and I’m really glad that I did,” she said.

Glennys said her studies at Kangan Institute “has been good” and will go a long way to helping her pursue her dreams.

“The course at Kangan Institute has been good. It’s been really interesting and I’ve learnt so much. It has set me up for getting into a workplace,” she said.

“To have my own label would be my dream; I’ve always been interested in swimwear.”

 
Enida
 
 
 

Enida Sertovic, Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology

 
Enida progressed from high school textile classes into Kangan Institute’s fashion course which she loves.

“I liked drawing, creating and painting while growing up. In high school, textiles sewing classes were available and when I started that I just fell in love with it,” she said.

“The course at Kangan Institute is great. I love the people – the teachers are very supportive and helpful, including Vicki who has gone out of her way to create something marvellous for fashion week.”

The patternmaker-hopeful said that participating in Kangan Institute’s Ecothreads show at the 2016 Melbourne Spring Fashion Week has influenced her in more ways than one.

“To actually see my stuff on the runway is really exciting,” she said.

“I found it a really good idea and something very productive to do. We always start from scratch and to get old clothes and try to make something new out of them is something different. I’m more aware of using less waste when I design and now I’m more into ‘opp shops’!”

 
Jennifer
 
 
 

Jennifer Huffer, Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology

 
Jennifer’s dreams to launch her own fashion design label seemed unattainable as a stay home mum. But her decision to pursue fashion studies at Kangan Institute changed everything and the graduate is now a proud owner of her custom bridal gowns and formalwear label, J M Huffer.

“I was a stay home mum for eight years. I was trying to figure out what I should do for a job when the kids were old enough and I could go back to work. I felt that the thing that I do for fun should be my career so I looked into ways to do that and Kangan Institute provided the most comprehensive list of things that I needed for going into business for myself,” she said.

“I wouldn’t be able to have my own business if I hadn’t come and done the course. I could always sew, but being able to understand how to design and to create patterns and different shapes was really necessary.”

Technical skills aside, Jennifer said the course also prepared her for starting her own business.

“It gave me a really good basis of skills to start my own business. I had no business experience and being able to learn the relevant industry business side of things was really helpful. It was always my goal to start my own business and now that’s happened,” she said.

Returning to studies while juggling family commitment had its challenges, but Jennifer was well-supported all the way.

“It was a big adjustment coming back to school after such a long time, but everybody was very understanding and very accommodating of my situation as a parent,” she said.

Jennifer, who participated in Kangan Institute’s Red Cross project in 2015, was invited to showcase her designs at Kangan Institute’s 2016 Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Ecothreads music and sustainable fashion show with Stonefield and Red Cross.

“I formed really wonderful friendships and made really great industry connections at Kangan Institute. The strength of those connections really shows through by being asked to come back and still participate. I feel like I’m still part of the Kangan Institute family,” she said.

Glennys

Glennys Van Damme, Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology
 
 
Enida

Enida Sertovic, Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology
 
 
Jennifer

Jennifer Huffer, Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology
 
 
Isabella Di Giacomo
 
 
 

Isabella Di Giacomo, Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Manufacturing

 
“At Kangan Institute we have many opportunities to meet and network with people from industry. I now have those connections. It has also opened my eyes to the industry and given me the confidence to get to where I want to go.”

One of eight Kangan Institute competitors representing Victoria at the 2018 WorldSkills National Championships, 19-year-old Isabella Di Giacomo is an aspiring designer who has her future plans all mapped out.

Her fashion journey began in 2017 when she enrolled in the Certificate IV in Clothing Production at Kangan Institute’s Centre for Fashion and Creative Industries. She progressed into the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Manufacturing and is currently completing the advanced diploma component of the course.

“I’ve always been captivated by art and drawing. I decided to go into fashion to help other people feel good about what they wear,” she said.

“My training has taught me so many new things – like ethical and sustainable production, building our own business, on and offshore production and marketing – and all of this has broadened my career options.

“It’s a close knit learning environment and the teachers have been very supportive.”

For Isabella, the opportunity to participate in real industry projects and expand her network was another reason for choosing Kangan Institute. Since starting her studies, she has participated in numerous fashion events including the 2018 Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Diamond Dogs Fashion Show and the 2017 Kangan Institute Limitless fashion parade.

“At Kangan Institute we have many opportunities to meet and network with people from industry. I now have those connections. It has also opened my eyes to the industry and given me the confidence to get to where I want to go,” she said.

The chance to compete for Victoria at WorldSkills is yet another experience to cherish.

“I’m so happy to be representing Victoria. I’ve only recently started in fashion and sewing and being chosen to compete at WorldSkills shows just how far I’ve come in a short time,” she said.

“I feel pretty confident in my knowledge but I’ve also been practising with my teachers. That extra support outside of class is helping so much.”

Isabella’s future plans include enrolling in an international fashion academy to specialise in bespoke dressmaking and eventually starting her own label.

“I love the intricacies behind creating bespoke dresses. I hope to get more specific education in that style at international academies in Paris or Milan. Being able to build up my portfolio at Kangan Institute now will help me achieve these goals,” she said.

“I would like to start my own label once I’ve built up my knowledge and skills.”

Isabella Di Giacomo

Isabella Di Giacomo, Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Manufacturing