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TISA Annual Design and Technology Awards

The Textiles Institute Southern Australia section (TISA) Annual design and technology awards were held at RMIT’s Brunswick campus on Wednesday 12 November with winner Beatrice Ong taking out the coveted prize of four weeks specialist tuition at the Paris American Academy.

RMIT’s Ong’s unconventional take on draping and pattern cutting realised Ong’s intention of challenging fashion conventions, while remaining commercially viable, a large focus of the competition.

Erik-Yvon also of RMIT took out the Highly Commended award for his unique designs and commitment to using and supporting the local textiles industry. Sourcing materials and manufacturers from the Brunswick and Coburg areas, Erik-Yvon was commended for his dedication to ‘bringing fashion back to Melbourne.’

10 of the 14 finalists come from Victorian educational institutes including RMIT, Academy of Design and Box Hill Institute.

President of the Textiles Institute Southern Australia section, Sylvia Walsh emphasised the importance of building stronger connections between educational institutes and the commercial fashion and textiles industry.

‘Through activities such as our Awards, we are committed to the future of the Australian Textile, Clothing and footwear industries and believe, that we should share the responsibility for helping to bridge the gap between educational success and the realisation of commercial sustainability.’

Phelon Manski

Click here to view photos by student photographer Georgina Zghaib

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