I was very grateful to be awarded the 2015 Supreme Award at a time where I was trying to piece together a portfolio of work and achievements after finishing studying. The publicity and prize money that came alongside the title were extremely supportive in doing this.
The year following the awards I moved to New York where I worked for two New York based clothing designers, Creatures of Comfort and Andrea Jiapei Li. It was a fascinating experience and I was thrilled to learn about how both labels are able to utilise the local resources in Manhattan’s Garment District to support the New York clothing industry.
While overseas I was able to travel throughout the United States, London and France before returning to New Zealand last month. I am now based in Auckland where I am learning more about the NZ fashion industry and on-shore manufacturing, while also looking to start on a personal design research project.
I would recommend every student to submit an application. Thanks to ECC and Friends of the Dowse the awards were a great validation of my work, especially at a time when leaving the bubble of education can be very daunting.