Fashion fix: Kingscliff TAFE student Sarah Follent (left) with sister Kate Follent (left) modelling her winning design.
Fashion fix: Kingscliff TAFE student Sarah Follent (left) with sister Kate Follent (left) modelling her winning design.

Kingscliff TAFE student wins award

KINGSCLIFF TAFE student Sarah Follent has proven that environmental awareness is in fashion after taking out first prize at the 2010 Fashion Less Waste Awards in the TAFE, Tertiary or Design School category.

Miss Follent, 19, is currently undertaking a Certificate Four in design and said her creation began as a TAFE assignment to create a wearable item made from recycled materials.

“My design is made from books and I like to be inspired by environmental issues, it's turning a negative into a positive,” Miss Follent said.

“The design is inspired by native birds facing habitat destruction from logging.”

The skirt of the outfit was created from folded pages and the bodice was made from book covers with black paper cranes nestled against the dress to symbolise the birds who have lost their habitat.

Miss Follent's creation was modelled by her sister Kate Follent at the Fashion Less Waste Awards in Sydney last Thursday.

“I was very shocked when I won, but I am from a small town and so I was very excited,” Miss Follent said.

Fellow Kingscliff TAFE design student Sarah Jane Williams was named equal runner-up at the competition and took her inspiration from plastic bag pollution.

“I lived in Ghana, West Africa and have seen the beaches there polluted by plastic bags so my design is a warning about the effects of pollution on wildlife,” Miss Williams said.

The awarded outfits will be on display at the Strand Arcade in June and the Australian Museum in July.



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