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The first collections of ten student fashion designers were unveiled at Hunter TAFE’s annual NEWGEN end-of-year runway show at Newcastle Museum on Wednesday 23 November.
 
In its eighth year, the annual event represents the beginning of bright futures in fashion ahead for the students graduating from the Advanced Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology after two years of study. 
 
NEWGEN provides a platform for students to showcase the designs they have produced from the ground up as part of the individual fashion label they were tasked to create in their final studio assessment.
 
Each fashion label includes a five-look collection that has been designed and produced by the students. The final assessment also requires students to develop a business plan and produce a look book of their range.
 
New Lambton’s Brooke Osland was one of the graduates who showcased her first collection shortly after returning from the 2016 WorldSkills Australia national competition with a Bronze Medal fashion technology category.
 
“I want to start up my own business and designing and seeing the end result on the runway made me want to fulfill that dream even more.”
 
Brooke described her collection 'Design To. B' as elegant, timeless, transitional and monochromatic.
 
“I’m targeting the city girl who likes to be overdressed rather than under-dressed, who likes to go out and have a good time and always look her best,” she said. 
 
Brooke, 19, has been named as a finalist to participate in the WorldSkills Australia BBM Youth Support’s Skilled Futures Program, which provides financial assistance to students to travel to the United Kingdom to participate in a leadership development course and international work experience over six weeks.
 
Winners of the 2016 BBM Youth Support’s Skilled Futures Program scholarships will be announced on December 20.​
 
Picture credit: This photo originally appeared in The Newcastle Herald. Photo by Max Mason-Hubers.