Look back on Steph’s style

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Fashion - Denise S. Cahill

EAST Perth fash­ion de­signer Steph Audino was a vol­un­teer at Styleaid be­fore her cre­ations ap­peared on the run­way at the WA Aids Coun­cil fundraiser.

Re­flect­ing on the his­tory of Styleaid, which will cel­e­brate its 20th and fi­nal mile­stone on Au­gust 4, Audino said she worked back­stage with the com­mit­tee be­fore start­ing her la­bel.

That, win­ning the 2013 Styleaid Cre­ative De­signer Award and see­ing her col­lec­tion on stage are spe­cial mem­o­ries for her. Audino was two years into her la­bel that fo­cused on “ready to wear” gar­ments when she won the cov­eted prize.

“It was an ex­cit­ing mo­ment as an emerg­ing de­signer. I am so grate­ful to be do­ing what I love and it’s such an amaz­ing feel­ing when my work is recog­nised by oth­ers,” she said.

Audino, who is in­spired by travel, has used 180m of silk to create a skirt, which will be part of the cre­ation she has es­pe­cially made for Styleaid 2017.

The Steph Audino la­bel has evolved from ready to wear to cou­ture over the past four years.

“If you look at the pieces back then you will see that they are very youth­ful as I was only 20 when I started my la­bel,” Audino said.

“My love has al­ways been in cou­ture and I feel my la­bel made that tran­si­tion once I was able to show­case my first wed­ding dress that I cre­ated for my sis­ter-in-law.”

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