With the strive for success, innovation, skill and talent, Tess Whitfort has been awarded with the prestigious 2017 Student Designer Award at Melbourne Fashion Week.
Tess Whitfort was one of 30 Victorian fashion students selected to present pieces from her graduate collection at the prestigious Melbourne Fashion Week 2017. She is currently completing her final year of a Bachelor of Fashion at Box Hill Institute with aspirations to one day start her own label.
Melbourne Fashion Week is the largest fashion event of the season, showcasing the best of Australian fashion from brands, designers and models. Every year, Melbourne Fashion Week representatives visit top fashion design schools around Melbourne to select stand out designers to participate in the Emerging Designer program.
Tess said, “While we are finalising our designs, the head stylist of Melbourne Fashion Week, Virginia Dowzer, provides design and styling advice. I’ve had my work shown on runways before but have never been involved in a fashion event of this scale.”
With a strong interest in sustainable and ethical fashion, Tess said, “I want to work towards improving these areas of the industry and create new solutions to ethical and environmental issues.”
Her interest in fashion started as a teenager. She said, “I have always been very creative and interested in visual arts. I started making clothing as a teenager and found it was both something I’m good at and really enjoy.”
Tess chose to study a Bachelor of Fashion because she enjoys the academic side of studying as well as the practical, creative side, and she chose Box Hill Institute for its “down to earth approach, small class sizes, and it’s quite close to where I live.”
She said, “The small classes allow for plenty of one on one time with our teachers, and we have lots of space and access to equipment. Studying something I’m so passionate about and having helpful and supportive teachers makes a huge difference.
“The course has included more business and marketing theory than I expected, which are relevant to the fashion industry, especially for those of us hoping to start our own labels. I feel the course has prepared us with the skills and knowledge we need to enter the fashion industry,” said Tess.
For others aspiring to become fashion designers, Tess advised, “Fashion is really hard work but if you find something you’re really excited about, it’s so much fun and really rewarding. Work out what makes you unique and different while you’re studying, as you have so much freedom to experiment and do really crazy creative work. Make the most of it and get a little weird.”
Congratulations to talented designer Tess Whitfort for winning the 2017 Student Design Awards at Melbourne Fashion Week. Tess is definitely one to watch and we look forward to seeing her future achievements.