Toowoomba’s Emerg­ing De­sign­ers are re­vealed

Teacher the toast of Toowoomba’s fash­ion scene


Ahigh school art teacher has be­come the toast of Toowoomba’s fash­ion scene, af­ter cre­at­ing the win­ning de­sign at the Step­ping Out Win­ter Glam­our Run­way fash­ion event.

Cen­te­nary Heights State High School teacher Jodi Robinson took home the Emerg­ing De­signer Award at the event at Ru­mours In­ter­na­tional in late May.

Her retro-in­spired dress, mod­elled by Jade Mof­fatt, wowed the judges.

Ms Robinson ad­mit­ted she had no ex­pe­ri­ence in fash­ion, say­ing she de­cided to take part to try some­thing new.

“I don’t have any back­ground in the fash­ion in­dus­try — I’m an art teacher,” she said.

“I en­cour­age my stu­dents to try dif­fer­ent av­enues so you know what you might have skills in.

“I thought, I’ve never done this be­fore so I’d have a go and I en­joyed it.”

Ms Robinson said her piece was in­spired by nos­tal­gia, par­tic­u­larly old blan­kets.

“I can’t knit, I can’t cro­chet so I thought back to win­ter and retro win­ter blan­kets that ev­ery­one could re­mem­ber nos­tal­gi­cally,” she said.

“So I tried to use those in both of my de­signs and that retro sort of as­pect to it.

“My sec­ond de­sign was the one that won, and I al­ways tell my stu­dents that it’s usu­ally your sec­ond idea that’s the best, so that proved it tonight.”

Caitlin Duff took out the Youth Emerg­ing De­signer Award for her cre­ation mod­elled by Hay­ley Smyth.

Step­ping Out Win­ter Glam­our Run­way is an an­nual event, so keep your eye out for the next Emerg­ing De­signer Awards.

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