Isobel Hyland is in her final year of studying a Bachelor of Fashion at Box Hill Institute, and the emerging young designer is chasing her childhood dream of becoming a Fashion Designer. She has just been selected to showcase her final year designs at Melbourne Fashion Week 2017.
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.
Isobel said, “I was very lucky to be chosen. I have the opportunity to present three looks at the Student Runway – Collective on 7 September, which is really exciting. I’m currently in the process of finishing off these looks and creating custom accessories.”
It’s an auspicious occasion for Isobel as only the very best are selected to display their work to an industry audience that is always on the hunt to discover the next big thing in Australian fashion. Isobel said, “It’s a great opportunity as we get one-on-one mentoring sessions, we’re involved in fittings, and we get to see the whole rehearsal process.”
Isobel chose to study at Box Hill Institute because, “I was looking for an institution that would provide me with strong practical knowledge and relevant industry skills, while still allowing me creative freedom.
“For me, the best thing about studying at Box Hill Institute is the small class sizes, which allows me to get specialised help from my teachers and easy access to facilities. I’ve been very privileged to have been taught by many industry experienced teachers who have made me the designer I am today,” she said.
Isobel has enjoyed the mix of practical and theoretical work that the course has provided. She said, “We learn a variety of skills including business writing and design skills such as pattern making, production, manually and through CAD [computer technology for design and design documentation]. We’re also participating in an Industry Internship Program which has been really insightful.”
Ultimately, Isobel would like to start her own label and travel the world, although she said, “I am realistic about the experience I need to go out on my own, so I really just want to get my foot in the door of the fashion industry and learn all I can.”
Her advice for other budding designers is sobering. She said, “To study fashion, you have to be really passionate and committed to it. It’s a lot of work and a competitive industry, but hard work pays off. It’s often far less glamourous than people expect, so be prepared to work hard.”
For those interested in seeing Isobel and other Box Hill Institute Fashion students’ work, La Mode Finale 2017 runway is scheduled for the end of this year. Watch this space.