Fri, September 20, 2019

Congratulations to Year 7 fashion student, Tayla McFarlane for taking out a 1st and two 2nd place prizes at the 2019 AATFA QLD State Finals Competition held on Saturday 14 September.  

Tayla wowed the judges with her designs, placing 1st and 2nd in the Formal Wear category and 2nd again in the casual wear category. This is an outstanding achievement in itself, but even more so considering that Tayla was the youngest entrant in the competition.  

The Apex Australia Teenage Fashion and Arts Youth Festival competitions are open to all students from 12 to 19 years of age. For these competitions, competitors are required to design, manufacture and model their own fashion garments for judging.

Each of the three designs that Tayla presented were elegant and classic, reflecting the traits most commonly seen in her creations.  

“If this is the future of fashion then the Australian fashion industry looks bright. Tayla has an eye and skill well beyond her years and a style that transcends trends,” stated Radio Personality and Fashion Commentator, Carlie Wacker.

“The incredibly sophisticated garments that Tayla is designing and making now are pieces that will remain coveted in years to come.

“The industry calls for timeless, well-crafted and long-lasting pieces and Tayla McFarlane answers this call. She is certainly a name to watch – an Australian fashion superstar.”

Tayla is currently the youngest student in Sheldon College’s ASTA Professionals Costume and Fashion Design Program and is preparing to fly down to Melbourne in October to showcase her designs in the AATFA National Finals after placing within the top two of her selected categories at the recent State finals.  

The College would also like to congratulate the hard work of Year 9 student, Madeleine Dugdale and Year 10 student, Mia Madsen for also creating wonderful designs that they too presented at the AAFTA State Finals.

The Australian School of the Arts School of Costume and Fashion Design was introduced to Sheldon College at the beginning of 2018. It provides students with comprehensive training in Sewing, Pattern Making and Fashion Design.

This program is specifically aimed at talented students who possess a passion for designing and have a vision to pursue a career in the fashion industry.

We look forward to watching where Tayla’s talents will take her in future.