As the grounds of Fairholme College swell with the excitement of Spring Fair, inside the Assembly Hall nervous students will be preparing to walk the catwalk, as student designers add the final touches to their outfits from 15 to 20 October.

Fairholme Fashion Week is a unique event, celebrated every October, encouraging students from across the Darling Downs to develop their skills as future designers. Fashion and Design teacher Mandi Meise says the aim of the event is to celebrate and promote fashion in the Toowoomba region. “It provides students and interested adults with a catwalk, models, an audience and experienced judges to show off their own designs,” said Mandi.

The week comprises several workshops and information sessions and will this year include a Millinery Workshop with Johanna Guerin and Designer Fashion Swap Evening. “There’s so many exciting things happening and we encourage all of our students to be involved. We want to teach the girls the importance of sustainable fashion and the dangers of fast fashion. It’s important for them to care about where their clothes are made, and what they’re being made out of.”

The week culminates with a Spring Fair Fashion Parade on Saturday 20 October where the winners will be announced, on stage in the Fairholme Assembly Hall. Fashion designers from the Darling Downs and Brisbane regions are invited to submit original, 80s style garments for judging in the 2018 BOOST Juice Fairholme Fashion Week event. For information on how to enter the design competition, or participate in workshops visit the website.

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