STEPPING INTO THE SPOTLIGHT STUDENT DESIGNS ON THE CATWALK
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.
One of Ms Cooper’s designs.