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Terranora fashion student Brooke Clarke always wanted to be a fashion designer, preferably one that stood out from the crowd.

Brooke, 22, gets her chance at the end of the month when the winner of the Avant Garde Queens Plaza Student Design Competition in which she is one of the finalists is announced in Brisbane.

The Mt Gravatt TAFE student is currently completing her last term of the Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology.

Brooke’s entry is in the sustainable category and she’s competing against other emerging fashion designers and milliners. Finalists were chosen based on style, individuality and creativity.

If Brooke takes top honours, she will win flights, accommodation and a two-week internship in top Australian fashion designer Akira Isogawa’s Sydney studio.

‘The overall theme of my design is a contrast in light and shape. My main aim was to produce a design that is multi-dimensional, and depending on the angle the garment is being viewed, light would reflect differently to everyone and shapes would appear to viewer’s individually, providing a different visual to all,’ she told Echonetdaily.

‘For the lycra dress I used sublimation printing, which is environmentally-friendly, eliminating high volume water and chemicals used in traditional printing methods. The clear belt was up-cycled, made from a found piece of perspex, and the white plastic sections were made from polypropylene, which are highly recyclable going into products like auto parts, industrial fibres, food containers, and dishware.

To see other garments in the competition and to vote visit http://register-secure.com.au/services/vote?centreid=QUEE&sfcampaignid=O59YRV607Z




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