Friday, November 11, 2011

2011 Fashion Graduate Parade Booklet

Flick through the 2011 Fashion Graduate Parade booklet online - just click on the cover below!

Friday, August 19, 2011

TAFE SA Fashion Showcase - tickets on sale

TAFE SA Fashion Showcase Proudly sponsored by Attitude Magazine
We will be presenting not one but three events as part of the 2011 Adelaide Fashion Festival. All events will be held in the historic location of Prince Alfred College, Kent Town.

TAFE SA Alumni Parade Cocktail Party, 14 October at 8pm
Leading TAFE SA fashion design graduates and lecturers will parade their spring/summer collections. The event will feature 1910s Titanic inspired costumes by Diploma of Costume for Performance students. Channel your inner aristocrat and transport yourself to Downton Abbey.
Tickets: $35 - includes wine and canap├ęs.

TAFE SA Racewear and Millinery Parade, 15 October, 12 - 3pm
Get inspired for your Melbourne Cup outfit with racewear pieces designed by our second year fashion design students. This parade, now in its third successful year, is the place to pick up a unique hat or fascinator created by our talented millinery students.
Tickets: $25 - includes complimentary wine/sparkling on arrival. Additional food and beverages available for purchase.

TAFE SA 2011 Fashion Graduate Parade, 15 October at 8pm (doors open from 7pm)
This is the hottest ticket in the Adelaide Fashion Festival and sells out fast every year. See our final year fashion students’ parade their six piece collection - this is an event not to be missed!
Tickets: $30

Tickets on sale through the TAFE SA Fashion Office.
P: 8207 8480

Proudly supported by Worldwide Press, Finesse Models, Coopers, Wicks, Robern Menz, Cibo, Haircare Australia and Silver Fleece.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Stylist 101 with Lisa

We chatted with our resident Rachel Zoe, stylist lecturer Lisa on what she loves about her course starting in June and her favourite winter trends.

What do you do at TAFE?

I'm a part of the Fashion Retail Team I lecture from Certificate II Retail to Diploma. Also I lecture the short course in Styling.

How did you start out in fashion?
I have been involved in Fashion for over 10 years working in various retail roles and I have had my own personal Styling business for 6 years.

Describe your course in four words.
Stylish, fun, interactive, empowering.

Top fashion trends at the moment.
Probably the faves at the moment would be Aviator trend, animal print, camel and maxi skirts.

One piece in your wardrobe you can’t live without.

At the moment I am loving Jodphurs – warm and on trend!

Favourite shop, label and blog.

I love chain store shopping in places like Zara, Sportsgirl and Witchery.
My fave blog is The Sartoralist - I love to people watch and this is such a great way to examine trends/styles from all around the world.

Which fashion or footwear course would you like to do and why?
Would love to one day do footwear short course and make my own shoes.

Interested in our stylist course? Head to for more information.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Grad interview with Julie White

We caught up with talented fashion design graduate Julie White.

What do you do?

I am an independent fashion designer who lives in Adelaide. I love to draw and make beautiful things to wear.

Your path in fashion was set when...
I have been making things since I was young, a path in fashion made sense to me when making things wearable was something I really enjoyed doing, especially being in an industry that's so diverse. I love creating clothing, I see clothing as a powerful tool that can be used to express how you see yourself and how you want to be seen.

Describe your label in five words.
bold, fun, graphic, decorative, imaginative.

Tell us about your favourite garment that you have created from scratch.
I'm pretty excited about a printed dress I am currently working on. It features a hand-drawn print that frames the female neckline. The process began with drawing directly onto a toile while wearing it, scribbling bold shapes and textures with black marker. I've spent just as long developing the design as I have on some of my couture pieces, only it's more accessible!

Top trends at the moment. What is inspired you?
Prints! I love the way people are mixing vintage prints with new ones and it's great seeing people experiment more with colour and print combination. Also, people seem to be thinking about the placement of prints not just on the front of a top, but on the back or down a pair of legs!

One piece in your wardrobe you can’t live without.
A beaded, black silk bolero with ornamental edging and massive shoulder pads! I found it in a vintage shop in Berlin and I've only worn it once.

Favourite shop (online or retail), label and blog.
Shop: Including anywhere in the world, Liberty in London! I love all their carefully selected labels picked from around the globe. You can find a lot of inspiration from labels doing some really interesting things with technology, right there in the flesh.

I'm not really influenced by one, but a few at the moment include: Neurotica, Ashish, Bebaroque, Romance Was Born, Karen Walker, Cybele and Eley Kishimoto.

The Worn Journal Blog - I've been enjoying this lately and its very down to earth!

What did you love about studying at TAFE?
Being around creative friends, as well as the good support and technical advice from lecturers on hand while you push-on!

Where can people find out more about your label fashion?
You can also find me at the Work Shop at 151 Hindley Street. At the moment I'm there every Monday.

Interested in studying fashion? Find out more at Fashion at TAFE SA.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Make your own bra

Bra making lecturer Jenny chatted with us about how she started out in fashion and her love of making bras.

What do you do at TAFE?

At the City Campus I teach standard bra making and advanced bra making.

I love the enthusiasm of the classes, the creativity of the students and the absolute desire to know more and more. Each person starts with the same design, but by the end of the day the bras that are made are so different. The two day workshop is always so much fun, but we also spend time talking about running a small business, the positives and the negatives.

Describe your course in five words.
Style, skills, knowledge, fun, fashion

How did you start out in fashion?
I have sewn all of my life, my first memories are of standing (my legs were too short to sit at the machine) at my Grandmother’s treddle sewing machine making dolls clothes. I never stopped designing garments and sewing but only for myself.

11 years ago I did a bra making course, we didn’t even finish the bra, but I was hooked. Women started coming to me asking me to make bras for them. 7 years ago I started my business, with a main focus on women who have had breast cancer and those who have health issues.

I have designed a garment for women who have had breast surgery to assist with lymphatic drainage. I applied for a grant to fund a clinical trial, which I received and I funded a 2 year trial at Flinders Medical Centre, the results were positive and at the end of the 2 years the National Breast & Ovarian Cancer Council provided additional funding for the trial. The trial is ongoing, and still providing positive results. I have designed costumes for a movie “Birthday”.

Tell us about your favourite garment/piece/shoes that you have created from scratch.
When I first started making bras I went into stores and I noticed that you couldn’t find a colourful and sexy mastectomy bra and there was no such thing as a matching “G” so I set out to make them.

Because I work so much with women who have had cancer which has resulted in mastectomies, I have tons of special clients and garments. Some of my favourite garments are for a client who is an exotic dancer who has had breast cancer and I make her costumes.

Top fashion trends at the moment.
Beautiful lingerie never goes out of style, but we are currently seeing lots of florals and feminine colours and laces. Also with the styling of the 50s and 60s making a revival, I think we are going to see styling of a more defined bust line instead of rounded foam cups.

Which fashion or footwear course at TAFE SA would you like to do and why?
I would love to do the footwear class, I love shoes.

One piece in your wardrobe you can’t live without.
Not a thing! But the roll of aqua silk in my fabric stash does hold my heart.

Favourite shop.
Any fabric shop, I can walk around an my imagination goes wild.

Try your hand at bra making with our fashion short courses.
Find out more about Jenny's made to measure bras

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Grad interview with GretaKate

We chatted with '09 fashion design graduate Greta on life after TAFE and her label GretaKate.

What do you do?
In October 2010 I launched my fashion label GretaKate. I'm currently working on my Winter collection. I also work full-time with Liza Emanuele as her personal assistant.

Your path in fashion was set when...
Since I was a young child who loved making and creating things. My grandma taught me the basic skills of sewing and I've never looked back.

Describe your label in five words.
Individual, fun, unique, detailed, unconventional

Tell us about your favourite garment that you have created from scratch.
One of my favourite creations was a short bridal dress made out of 8 pairs of bleached denim jeans!!! It was for a competition and it was lots of fun!

Top trends at the moment. What is inspiring you?
I like my clothes to last season after season so I try to avoid following trends. I am, however, in LOVE with the "moss green" colour this season. It reminds me of a cold Winter's morning.

One piece in your wardrobe you can’t live without.
I can't live without my charcoal wool coat. It's easy to put with anything, toastie warm for Winter and looks great with my new boots.

Favourite shop, label and blog.
I love One Rundle Trading Co, I love any Australian label and I love CAKEFACE

What did you love about studying at TAFE SA?

I loved the inspiring atmosphere, the people/ lecturers and the freedom of creativity.

Where can people find out more about your label?
Either at or or

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Project Rundle - Renaissance Arcade

Post Project Rundle parade we chatted with Storm on how the Renaissance Arcade inspired her dress.

Describe your garment and how the Renaissance Arcade influenced the design? What was your inspiration?
I got my inspiration from the buildings brickwork textures, the window shapes, the leaves of the plants, graffiti and the old brass lighting. I got a distinct Asian feel from Renaissance Arcade and Austin Street, so I used an oriental red for the pop colour in my garment. My design depicts old romance and femineity with a modern twist because of the way the garment hugs and celebrates a woman’s curves.

Tell us about the highlights and challenges of Project Rundle?
I was challenged by having to look at a place in a different way and using everything it encompassed to influence my design process.

View the Project Rundle gallery.