Wodonga TAFE Fashion Design student showcases designs at Australian Fashion Week

Friday, 11 June 2021

Wodonga TAFE Fashion Design student and young professional designer, Ms Lillardia Briggs-Houston, showcased her design skills on the fashion runway at the 25th anniversary of ‘Afterpay Australian Fashion Week’ held in Sydney last week. 

As part of the first-ever Indigenous fashion runway curated for the event by First Nations Fashion and Design (FNFD), Lillardia was selected to feature her work in the all-Indigenous fashion display last Wednesday 2 June at 9am at Carriageworks in Sydney. Lillardia’s very own fashion label ‘Ngarru Miimi’ features a range of Indigenous designs and hand carved and printed textiles. 

Coinciding with Reconciliation Week in 2021, the Afterpay Australian Fashion Week is still touted as the peak event for Australia’s fashion industry, showing collections from elite designers nationally, and providing opportunities for up and coming designers to connect directly with buyers.

Wodonga TAFE’s Fashion Design and Clothing Production teacher, Ms Deidre Liston, said this was a very proud moment for her as a teacher. “Lillardia is a very talented young designer and this invitation has been an amazing opportunity for her”, said Deidre, “ It’s always very rewarding  to see students’ creativity blossom as they gain in confidence along with the skills and knowledge they need to build their careers in the fashion industry.”

Deidre said, “Lillardia is keen to complete her studies in the Certificate III in Clothing & Textile Production - she is among a number of students who travel quite a distance to study with us. Wodonga TAFE is also the only regional training provider in northern Victoria and southern NSW to offer the Certificate IV in Clothing Production as an extension of the skills students gain from first completing the Certificate III in Clothing and Textile Production.”  

“Some students come to us direct from school, keen to begin their career in the Fashion Design industry, and will continue on to university with a solid grounding in the industry”, said Deidre, “While other students are more established with a family base within their local community and come here to build their skills further to then branch out into their own business.”


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