Walking a mile in his Choos
CURTIN University design student Mallory Maduka-Ike will have the chance to follow in the stylish footsteps of Professor Datuk Jimmy Choo after winning a 12-month mentorship with the iconic shoe designer at Fashion Tank.
Maduka-Ike was one of ten Curtin University design students to pitch their designs and brand concepts to the Fashion Tank judging panel when Choo was in Perth earlier this month.
The panel consisted of Professor Datuk Jimmy Choo, designer Ilizia Ho, Ae’lkemi designer Alvin Fernandez, Hawaiian director Kate O’Hara and Curtin design and art lec- turer Anne Farren.
Choo said education had become a strong focus for him and he was proud to follow in his father’s tradition to share his skill and knowledge.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to pass it on to a young designer such as Mallory who is following her passion for the craft,” he said.
Along with the mentorship, third year Maduka-Ike will join second and third prize winners Kelsey Ashe Giambazi and Chanelle Gibbs for an exhibition of their designs at Claremont Quarter and Carillon City later this year.
O’Hara said this was one way Hawaiian had supported emerging WA designers over the last decade.
“This project allows us to continue to share with our shoppers the creative design ability of our very promising emerging designers,” she said.
Kelsey Ashe Giambazi, Professor Datuk Jimmy Choo, Mallory Maduka-Ike and Chanelle Gibbs.