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Young Designers explore the diversity of Australian cotton
Jul '08
Up to 15 talented young designers from Australia's highest award winning college, Academy of Design will showcase their 100% Australian cotton garments at this year's Australian Cotton Conference Fashion parade, Wednesday 13th August at the Gold Coast Exhibition Centre, thanks to significant sponsorship from Sunrise Resources Ltd.

Parade co-ordinator and designer Rycki Symons said this year will be the second year the Academy of Design has worked closely with the Australian Cotton Conference.

“We have a great history of working with cotton and the natural fabric is and always will be an essential part of fashion design training. Over the years students make garments, collection and ranges based on the diversity, colour choices and practical aspects with cotton fabric. It is a great training ground for designers to learn about the natural fabrics and integrate the fabrics into their professional designer life as well.”

He said this years' fashion parade will “highlight the diversity of the textile, from casual daywear right through to couture evening and bridal.”

He said the young designers “are also creating daywear and racewear based on a global trend emerging for Spring and Summer at the end of this year. These will include bright and hand painted florals and bright bold and graphic printed fabrics with the gowns visually stunning.”

He said, the designers are also exploring a strong 'Samurai” theme for winter in all natural colours and this will be a stark contrast to the summer brights.

The cotton fashion parade will feature an award winning 100% cotton calico bridal gown (pictured) by Samatha Spano, awarded by Queensland Bridal Awards in 2007 and an award winning 'jeans' gown (pictured), currently a finalist in this years “Jeans for Jeans Day” event, by Taree Birse.

Achievements this year by Academy of Design students include Big Brother 2008 costumes, garments shown in the Gold Coast Fashion Week, 5 awards at fashion Bash 2008 and an NRA Australian fashion Design Awards – Finalist 2008.

Australian Cotton Growers Research Association

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