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Graduate to a real career

Sydney TAFE fashion and costume graduates are working in exciting industry positions around Australia and all over the world. Our alumni include names like:

Alex Perry, Dion Lee, Akira Isogawa, Anna Plunket (Romance Is Born), Leroy Nguyen, Bianca Spender, Janet Patterson, Karla Spetic, Christopher Esber, Emma Mulholland, Elissa McGowan, Genevieve Smart (Ginger and Smart), Michael Lo Sordo and Nicky Zimmerman.

Explore Sydney TAFE’s recent graduate stories, and let us help you create your amazing career path.

A history of outstanding graduates

The name ‘Akira’ is synonymous for fashion. After studying at Sydney TAFE, Akira Isogowa soon opened his first store in Woollahra. Today his label is sold in a dozen countries and he remains one of the few Australian designers to show in Paris. He is one of the many people to graduate from Sydney TAFE and cement their place in Australian fashion history.

“The knowledge and skills I have obtained during my study were invaluable,” says Akira. “We now receive numerous students for work experience from the course.”

Upcoming fashion graduate stars

Laura Cagnacci studied applied fashion design and technology at Sydney TAFE. After graduating with her diploma, she decided to increase her knowledge and skill-set by further studying costume. She’s gaining invaluable industry experience with a bridal design business as she works towards a career in costume design for theatre.

“You get the skills that you need to go straight into the workplace.” Laura says.

“I got this job straight out of the course!"

Dion Lee- Fashion Design graduate

Shining career for fashion week star

Dion Lee has gone from strength to strength. His studies at Sydney TAFE gave him the real skills necessary to make it in the industry. The Sydney TAFE alumni program supports him as his success continues. Find out more about his story.

Briony McCarter- Adv Dip of Fashion Design- Ultimo College

A focus on textiles

Briony McCarter graduated from Sydney TAFE in 2012 with her collection Still Life Still Lives. She then worked alongside renowned designer Dion Lee, helping him to bring together his latest i2 collection at Sydney Fashion week.

Since then she’s decided to build upon her skill-set to focus on an area she’s passionate about – undertaking further study in curatorship and textile preservation. Check out her career journey.

Student excellence brings career rewards

Ashleigh Huntley has made the world her oyster. She excelled in her fashion technology studies winning the Medallion of Excellence for her outstanding efforts. Through Sydney TAFE she was selected to compete in the World Skills competition for Australia’s best trainees and apprentices. Winning the National competition, she then competed internationally in Germany.

Returning to Australia she has partnered with major labels SOLA Sport and Running Bare. She is also developing her own line of custom-fit clothing, Ash-Lynne Couture.

International scholarship paves the way

After showing as part of the Innovators runway show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in 2012 Kaylene Milner flew to NY on a $15,000 scholarship to intern at Diane Von Furstenberg studio.

Returning to Sydney she launched her ethically-produced knitwear label, "Kaylene Milner".  She also works at Sydney TAFE as a teacher and consults for a New York trend forecasting agency.

“TAFE helped me create my future by presenting me with many opportunities.”  Kaylene says.  “It’s a very focused and direct path into the industry.”

Fashion technology applied in London

Sydney TAFE award winner Anna Langdon is working on everything from branding to artwork. She’s exhibited at Powerhouse Museum, taken part in the L’Oreal Fashion Festival and designed popstar Kimbra’s ARIA dress. Her work ‘Selling Cells’ exhibited at Chasm Gallery.

Anna recalls one of her most memorable ’Sydney TAFE’ moments: “I was standing in the print rooms covered in paint, wearing daggy tracksuit pants and a paint smock, and receiving a call from the chairman of the Society of Dyes and Colourists informing me I’d won a trip to London!” says Anna.

Meet fashion technology graduate Elizabeth

From classroom to industry

Follow fashion technology graduate Elizabeth Maratheftis from classroom to industry and see first hand how our fashion technology courses support the fashion industry.