SEVEN Perth fashion design graduates were given the opportunity to showcase their garments in the China Graduate Fashion Show in Beijing during May.
Fashion Council WA was invited to present the work of the State’s emerging creatives as part of its ongoing relationship with China’s leading fashion body, China Fashion Association.
Selected graduates included emerging fashion and textile designer Christy Law; Sophie Watson, who is working with WA fashion designer Empire Rose featuring in Perth Fashion Festival 2017’s opening night; Australian Wool Education Trust Scholarship recipient Emma Watson; Sarah May, who represented Curtin University at Malaysian Fashion Week in 2016; and Naomi Hall, who is preparing for PFF Future Runway.
There was also Addy Pasqual, whose garment featured on the cover of the nightly programs during China Graduate Fashion Week and is now gracing the cover of PFF 2017’s official program.
FCWA creative director Mariella Harvey-Hanrahan said the initiative prepared the graduates for entry into wider commercial markets outside Australia, with valuable learning development opportunities.
“This was a milestone collaboration between FCWA, China Fashion Association and Curtin University and speaks to our strategy to develop a gateway to Asia through fashion,” Harvey-Hanrahan said.
Curtin University head of fashion design Dr Anne Farren said participation in the China Graduate Fashion Show provided students with an opportunity to showcase their designs in an international arena.
“This was a great way for our graduates to gain exposure to the Chinese market,” Dr Farren said.
“Their participation provided opportunities for cultural and business connections and fostered networking opportunities overseas.”
The designer exchange partnership will be reciprocated in Perth when PFF present International Runway: China Fashion Association at Fashion Paramount, Crown Pyramid on Friday, September 15.
The event will pay tribute to the fusion of China’s strong history of textile design excellence, while recognising the country’s fashion forward future.
Community Newspaper Group has two double passes to give away to PFF’s International Runway on September 15 at Crown Pyramid. Enter here by 10am, August 25.