Stu­dent de­sign­ers excel

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

STU­DENT de­sign­ers from the Whit­sun­days have again ex­celled at the an­nual Mackay Stu­dent Fes­ti­val of Fashion, held on Satur­day, Au­gust 9, at the Mackay Entertainment Cen­tre.

The event at­tracted an ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ence who were im­pressed by the high stan­dard of de­signs by stu­dents from a num­ber of Queens­land se­condary schools, from as far afield as Cairns.

The three judges, Ja­son Chet­cuti, Sofie Buch­holz and Melissa Broad­hurst, all well­known art and de­sign pro­fes­sion­als, were lav­ish with their praise.

Judg­ing took place over nine di­verse cat­e­gories in­clud­ing: wear­able art, fashion de­sign and fashion il­lus­tra­tion.

Wear­able Art was a favourite with lo­cals, with nine of the 14 en­tries in the ‘out-ra­geous’ cat­e­gory com­ing from the Whit­sun­days.

Tori Pater­son from St.Cather­ine’s Catholic Col­lege won first prize with her in­no­va­tive and thought-pro­vok­ing gar­ment rep­re­sent­ing the bat­tle of global warm­ing.

She was joined on stage by her fel­low St. Cather­ine’s stu­dents Nakita Jepsen, Jas­min Tickle, Latisha Pat­ullo, Kloee Ken­dall, Macy Fenech-Breb­ner, Olivia Ro­manella, Gail Ur­bano and Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege’s Is­abella Bur­nup. Adrian Vowles of St. Cather­ine’s earned a “judges’ spe­cial men­tion” for his spec­tac­u­lar mask con­structed from re­cy­cled alu­minium cans. Fashion il­lus­tra­tion was also a pop­u­lar cat­e­gory, with Whit­sun­day stu­dents vy­ing for de­sign schol­ar­ships, spon­sored by the pres­ti­gious Whitehouse In­sti­tute of De­sign, Aus­tralia.

Laura Hur­ren from Proser­pine State High School won the se­nior award and Kloee Ken­dall from St Cather­ine’s won the ju­nior award.

Is­abella Demar­tini, a Whit­sun­day born and raised stu­dent now liv­ing in Cairns, wowed the judges with her five-gar­ment beach and re­sort wear en­try, mod­elled by her­self and four stu­dent friends. Her gar­ments have earned her state-wide suc­cess in the Nat­u­ral Fi­bres Com­pe­ti­tion, win­ning en­try to the state fi­nal at the Cairns Show and achiev­ing two awards at The EKKA - a first in ca­sual/ac­tive wear and a third in wear­able art.

LAT­EST COL­LEC­TION: Is­abella Demar­tini’s award win­ning re­sort wear was mod­elled at the Mackay Stu­dent Fes­ti­val of Fashion by Ma­rina Van Blar­com, An­gel Shaw, Is­abella Demar­tini, Nikaela Large and Sal­isha Wil­liams. Photo by Re­flec­tions from Life, Mackay.

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