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.