Top designers concentrate on Fashion course

Published in the Fiji Times 13/3/2015
by Talebula Kate
TWO local fashion designers have decided not to enter the Fiji Fashion Week 2015 (FJFW15) and concentrate on their fashion course at APTC to gain as much knowledge to produce a better quality line for FJFW16.
Rachel Fairfax and Elaine Taylor are halfway through their six-month intensive program with APTC, after which they will receive their accreditation in Applied Fashion.
The duo were awarded scholarships from the Fashion Council of Fiji and Fiji Fashion, and they have also agreed that this fashion course be a prerequisite for any designer entering Fiji Fashion Week.
Fairfax, a veteran designer who owns her own boutique "Rfx" at GPH, has already learnt basics such as identifying the textures of different fabrics, stitching and the all important pattern-making.
"I showcased 'Ready to Wear' two years in a row but I couldn't go ahead because making a sample was easy but I couldn't take that to a garment factory and mass produce because they wouldn't know.
"I didn't have a pattern and I can't sew so I gave it to someone else to do," Fairfax said.
Taylor, the owner of Aladdin's Cave who has her own label "Exotica", also emphasised that what they learnt would help them better understand the garment industry and take their line to the next level of mass production.
"What we're going to take from this is we will be able to deal with factories. Right now, factories don't want to see us because we don't know patterns, we don't know how to do specification sheets and a proper sample piece, which is required when you go to a factory to get a whole range made," she said.
AusAID funds the program and their group will be the final group to graduate in June from APTC because of the $1billion budget cut at AusAID.


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