Feath­ers fly as teenager scoops award

Sunday Mail - - NEWS - ANNA VLACH

WHILE most teenage girls are dream­ing of wear­ing for­mal dresses, 16-year-old Ana Sa­ma­ras is win­ning na­tional awards for de­sign­ing them.

The Year 10 Im­manuel Col­lege stu­dent has taken out the for­mal wear cat­e­gory of the Apex Aus­tralia Teenage Fash­ion & Arts Youth Awards for the sec­ond year in a row. Ana’s lat­est win­ning gown, cre­ated from tulle and or­ganza and adorned with os­trich feath­ers, took her 540 hours to make.

Mod­el­ling it her­self, Ana says she hopes to turn her pas­sion for fash­ion into a ca­reer. “I want to study at the Lon­don School of Fash­ion or at RMIT in Mel­bourne,” she says.

Ana also achieved the high­est tech­ni­cal score of any en­trant in the awards, which have four main cat­e­gories – for­mal wear, ca­sual wear, so­ci­ety and en­vi­ron­ment and wear­able art.

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