ON SHOW: TAFE design students Yasmin Bridges, Lorin Burns and Clare Faulds show off their final assessment garments.
ON SHOW: TAFE design students Yasmin Bridges, Lorin Burns and Clare Faulds show off their final assessment garments. Contributed

Fashion students shine

TAFE students have been selected to showcase their upcoming graduate collections at next Wednesday's Peregian Beach Food and Fashion Fiesta.

Final year fashion student Yasmin Bridges said she started working on designs for her graduation pieces in late May and is now focusing on the process of production, patternmaking and developing specification sheets.

Her business, Awkward Chat, focuses on clothes ethically sourced and made from recycled materials, with one of her pieces being modelled at the fiesta partly made from the cover of a director's chair.

"My philosophy is no matter how awkward it is, let's initiate and encourage conversations about where our purchases come from - how are the Earth and its inhabitants treated?" Yasmin said.

"I've loved the sustainable focus at this TAFE - I was really pleasantly surprised and didn't expect it.

"We've made a few recycled garments and a lady came and showed us weaving, so it's been really very cool."

Fellow student Clare Faulds, who will also have her major assessment creations shown at the fiesta, designs clothes for middle-aged women to feel comfortable in, but which are neither frumpy, nor too skimpy.

The Lions Club Peregian and Peregian Beach Business Association will host the event to be held on Wednesday at the Peregian Beach Village Green from 11am-2.30pm.

Director of boutique Soul Sanctuary, Nicki Jutbauge, said 13 fashion houses from Peregian Beach would be showing this coming season's fashions.

"Including a selection of Yasmin's and Clare's designs is a great opportunity to promote two distinctive up and coming young designers from the Sunshine Coast," she said.

The students' fashion teacher Amanda Knights said the two students were selected to participate in the fiesta because they were very driven and have goods out there for sale.


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