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TAFE SA Fashion Graduate Parade

Pick absolutely any era, aesthetic, or even age group and one of the ranges from the supremely talented TAFE SA fashion graduates would fit you like a Burberry trench.

The 2013 ‘Formation’ parade boasted an industrial runway that ran almost the whole length of the Wayville Showgrounds pavilion. Guests at Friday night’s TAFE SA Fashion Graduate Showcase sipped on champagne and snacked on delicious treats from food trucks that had been specially brought to the site.

Victoria Bailey took out Attitude Magazine‘s Highly Commended Award for her gorgeous ‘Obsidian’ collection, inspired by enigmatic cinematography by the likes of Jim Henson and Guillermo Del Toro. Presented by Selena Battersby, the Attitude editor complimented Bailey on the “quiet details” she had so skilfully worked into the garments.

The SA Fashion Student Award, presented by Jeff Cunningham, went to Christopher Arblaster’s unisex collection, with Abbie Potter (who also took out the Lecturers’ Award) receiving the Highly Commended prize.

Cooper Davis is definitely one to watch when it comes to couture. His mindblowing ROYAL JELLY The Label collection, with its vivid purple and blues, phenomenal construction work and matriarchal influences was nothing short of art.

Jemimah Webb’s ‘Vertigo’ was white on white on white perfection, which channelled masters of minimalism like Alexander Wang. Featuring strong vertical lines and striking silhouettes on the Finesse models, it was in fantastic juxtaposition to the girls’ surfy cropped bobs a la Marc Jacobs Spring ’14.

Other stand outs included Caitlin Brownridge’s ‘Fresh Prints’ streetwear, structured denim menswear from Sarah Galton, breathtaking lazer-cut neoprene swimwear from Roxanne Walker’s ‘Bleak’ collection and digital prints galore from Nadia Braiotta.

But in reality, all of the collections were impressive, showing the countless hours, creative vision and intense skill that went into each range.

Congratulations TAFE SA grads 2013 – you’re all bound for big things!

Photos: Phebe Rendulic /

Published at The Urban Silhouette.


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