Budding designers launch latest collection A group of local fashion design students have launched the second collection of fashion venture, Notched.
The Summer 2015/16 Notched collection entitled ‘blame it on my gypsy soul’ is the latest collection of coastal inspired Kimonos from the 2015 Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology students at Hunter TAFE. A study tour to Bali as part of the course offers students the opportunity to travel overseas and create a collective brand from the concept and design, to the production and marketing of the label.
As part of the course the process of creating a fashion collection, via ‘Notched’, aims to build practical skills and confidence in the end-o-end process of fashion design. Key to this is the ability to engage and work with suppliers internationally to produce quality, affordable ready-to-wear garments.
Hunter TAFE teacher and founder of Guanabana Design, Linda Bergskas said the students will now venture onto creating their own individual brands as the next generation of budding local designers and launch their own careers in the fashion industry.
“Starting a business, going into production and selling your brand is never easy and many people go into the fashion industry uneducated about the realities of the business. The one year course gives students real life skills to start their own fashion label, for example setting up a business plan, production, buying and marketing skills,” she said.
“The trip to Bali was a great opportunity to give our students hands on experience of how the fashion industry operates and how to communicate and network with suppliers and manufacturers, both locally and internationally,” said Linda.
The Notched 2015/16 Summer collection will be on sale at Hunter TAFE’s annual 2015 NewGen Fashion Show at Newcastle City Hall on November 25th, 2015. For more information about studying fashion design at Hunter TAFE visit www.hunter.tafensw.edu.au