STEP­PING INTO THE SPOT­LIGHT STU­DENT DE­SIGNS ON THE CAT­WALK

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle - Michele Nu­gent

COMO’S Me­lanie Cooper is one of the hottest emerg­ing fash­ion de­sign­ers in Perth.

She was named Stu­dent of the Year at Polytech­nic West’s 44th an­nual WA In­sti­tute of Fash­ion and Tex­tiles fash­ion show at Clare­mont Show­grounds.

More than 650 guests, in­clud­ing friends, fam­ily, com­mu­nity, de­sign­ers and in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives at­tended the event, a cul­mi­na­tion of months of work and three years study for grad­u­at­ing stu­dents of the Bent­ley cam­pus.

Ms Cooper said the show had been the high­light of her stud­ies.

“The whole process work­ing to­wards the show brought up a lot of emo­tions – hav­ing peo­ple judge what you do is a very per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence and you just want ev­ery­one to love what you’re do­ing,” she said.

“The stu­dents this year were such a tight-knit group, we all worked to­gether well and helped each other to suc­ceed so win­ning this award is a very hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The theme for the show was Um­bra,which is a Latin word for shadow, and each of the 14 third-year Ad­vanced Di­ploma stu­dents show­cased eight out­fits on the cat­walk.

Polytech­nic West fash­ion port­fo­lio man­ager Kerry Ban­yard said the stu­dents had worked in­cred­i­bly hard for the op­por­tu­nity.

“Through­out the course, stu­dents have en­gaged with in­dus­try through work ex­pe­ri­ence, men­tor­ing pro­grams, com­pe­ti­tions and ex­hi­bi­tions, de­vel­op­ing the in­no­va­tive and dy­namic lead­er­ship qual­i­ties that have led them to the cul­mi­na­tion of their stud­ies and the pre­sen­ta­tion of their fi­nal-year col­lec­tions to the pub­lic and in­dus­try,” she said.

“Their ac­com­plish­ments also re­flect the ded­i­ca­tion and sup­port given to our stu­dents by their lec­tur­ers who have en­cour­aged them and de­vel­oped the cre­ative process from in­spi­ra­tion to their fi­nal gar­ment con­struc­tion.”

Stu­dent of the Year: Como's Me­lanie Cooper re­ceives her award from Min­is­ter for Train­ing and Work­force De­vel­op­ment Kim Hames.

Pic­tures: John Koh.

One of Ms Cooper’s de­signs.

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