27 November 2018

Thanks to the generosity of QUT donors, Creative Industries students have had invaluable access to world-leading supporters of the arts, design and new media, launching them to international careers.

Students like final year fashion student Eily Shaddock, who was recently awarded the Fashion Front Rowers travel bursary at the opening night of CreateX 2018 for her outstanding collection Digidentity.

The travel bursary will allow Eily to travel nationally or internationally to pursue the next stage in her fashion dream.

The travel bursary is one of several initiatives funded by the Fashion Front Rowers, a small group of fashion enthusiasts who support final year QUT Fashion students. Founded in 2016, the initiative enables opportunities for graduating fashion students that could not otherwise be funded by QUT.

Eily follows the footsteps of previous recipient Isabella Jacuzzi, who, after receiving the travel bursary, is now living and working in Europe as an Atelier Intern at Viktor&Rolf.

This year the QUT Creative Industries Faculty and the Fashion Front Rowers partnered with James Street RESORT to have students' work on display as part of the two-day fashion festival. Students were provided with exclusive opportunities to meet with editors of Vogue Australia, as well as designers such as Dion Lee, to receive feedback on their collections and invaluable insights to support their transition into professional practice.

QUT Fashion Design students who showcased their designs at the James Street RESORT event

For the members of the Fashion Front Rowers group, their involvement with QUT is a unique chance to see behind the scenes and engage with the next generation of Australian designers and support an emerging designer to reach their full potential.

Brisbane local and Fashion Front Rowers member, Lorilie Cunningham said she loves to encourage young people and offer her expertise in a career which has spanned the finance, design and retail sector.

“After reviewing the final year designs, my excitement and engagement levels sky rocketed as I could not believe the level of amazing talent. I look forward to many years of helping these wonderful young students in any way I can.”

QUT Fashion Design students and Fashion Front Rowers at the James Street RESORT event

To find out more about becoming part of the Fashion Front Rowers and supporting the future of Australian fashion, contact Creative Industries Development Officer Birgit Willadsen.

QUT Fashion Design students and the Fashion Front Rowers at the James Street RESORT showcase