TAFE fash­ions a fine fu­ture

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - JACK MORPHET

CLOTH and clothes are scat­tered across Zsofia Ma­trai’s one-bed­room Mar­rickville apart­ment.

The same thing’s hap­pen­ing in the Rand­wick fam­ily home of Jes­sica Kite.

The pair are busily con­struct­ing their fu­ture in fash­ion and TAFE has played a vi­tal role.

Jes­sica, 22, and Zsofia, 25, are among 10 grad­u­ates from TAFE’s Fash­ion De­sign Stu­dio who’ll each see their cre­ations on the cat­walk at Fash­ion Week’s grad­u­ate show later this month.

The grad­u­ate show, now in its 20th year, has earned a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing the week’s “hottest show”.

Com­pe­ti­tion for a slot in the show has never been stronger, af­ter TAFE recorded a five­fold in­crease in en­rol­ments for a Cer­tifi­cate III in Ap­plied Fash­ion De­sign and Tech­nol­ogy since 2015 — from 56 stu­dents to 310.

When Zsofia clocks off from de­sign­ing pat­terns for kaf­tan queen Camilla Franks, she heads back to a very un­der­stand­ing part­ner in a tiny apart­ment where their kitchen, which “is also my liv­ing room” is where Zsofia’s been putting her show to­gether.

Jes­sica Kite “moved back home to save money and my whole col­lec­tion is on the din­ing room ta­ble and the sur­round­ing floor, much to my par­ents’ dis­may”.

Seven weeks since grad­u­at­ing, Jes­sica has al­ready fielded calls from Chi­nese lux­ury de­part­ment store chain Lane Craw­ford to stock her la­bel.

TAFE fash­ion

de­sign grad­u­ates Jes­sica Kite and Zsofia

Ma­trai. Pic­ture: Sam

Rut­tyn

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