From studio to stage: UTS Fashion graduate scoops $10,000 fashion prize

From studio to stage: UTS Fashion graduate scoops $10,000 fashion prize

24 February 2015

A $10,000 award from New South Wales’ peak business organisation is helping UTS alumna Vanessa Emirian take her career from the studio to the stage.

Open to final year Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles students, the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Industry Award was established by NSW Business Chamber members in the textiles, clothing and footwear industry to encourage students to develop the skills needed to run a successful start-up business.

Vanessa said she was extremely thankful and excited to win the 2014 award, and was now focused on developing her practice.

“I am really intrigued by the traditions and level of craftsmanship found in tailoring processes,” she said.

“My practice is primarily concerned with contemporising and distinguishing where and how the traditional artisan might exist in today’s modern and visually vibrant fashion landscape.”

Past winners include 2014 UTS Alumni Award winners Becky Cooper and Bridget Yorston, who went on to found the Bec & Bridge label, which is now stocked across Australia and internationally.

In addition to completing a Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Fashion and Textiles last year, Vanessa has worked as a design assistant for the past three years at Sydney-based fashion company House of Quirky, and been involved with Spring/Summer 2014 and Autumn/Winter 2014 London Fashion Weeks as a design assistant to the Felder Felder label.

“For the moment I am really excited to keep learning and building up on my professional experience, which will give me the best chance for success in the future,” she said.

Vanessa collection is being shown alongside 8 fellow UTS design graduates at Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival this March.

Visit Vanessa Emirian’s website to view her womenswear collections.