Harry Grew up on a farm, in rural SA, fashion was something he had never thought about during his younger years. But, he found a creative outlet in drawings, stories and playing dress up with a basket of second-hand clothes.
When he moved to the city at 16 he found himself in theatre, and then a growing obsession with visual media in the form of photography. After school, and further study in photography, Harry worked in the industry for 5 years.
"I always loved fashion photography but could not find a way to break into it. I grew ever more burnt out, doing jobs I didn't want to pay the bills" Harry expressed.
He ended up leaving and taking a retail job. Looking for a new creative outlet he thought he could make himself new clothes for himself. At first was horrified to learn, as he had zero idea what he was doing.
"I don't know why it triggered such a strong response in me, but I found myself looking for fashion courses" Harry said.
Harry then found himself drawn to Kangan as their listing seemed much friendlier than any of the other schools, and went to visit the information day, where he admitted to them that I didn't know how to sew a stitch, but he showed them his photography portfolio, promised creativity and swore that he'd turn up every day and work. After being there only a few hours he realised that was where he needed to be, he needed all that in his life.
Congratulations, you've graduated! Tell us your experience studying fashion design at Kangan? What were your fashion moments?
Kangan became a second home, studying there was intense, but the best time of my life so far. The support from teachers was amazing, and I learned so much. The first year was the biggest learning curve, everything was new, I didn't know words, I couldn't sew in a straight line,it was really emotional to be so behind at everything.
My favourite moments were the first time I got to see my garment on the end of year runway, the first time I got a HD on an illustration, being accepted into Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, being introduced to a fashion hero, but my favourite so far was the final graduation show 2016, It was just a moment to realise where I've come from, and to be truly happy with everything I've created.
For your final collection, what was your inspiration behind it, and how long did it take you to complete?
My final collection is called Storm, I drew inspiration from Tokyo, mythology, nature, and video games. It is about the juxtaposition of the deadly and the delicate. I was thinking of the gods of nature coming down to Tokyo for a night on the town. It took about 6 months from concept to final construction of the final outfit.
Most difficult thing you've had to learn since studying fashion design?
To accept constructive criticism, and to be happy with work that is not 100% what you wanted, sometimes 98% is good enough.
..And the best thing studying fashion design?
The creative high of the journey from a sketch to a model walking down the catwalk or on a photo shoot wearing your work.
You've only just started your fashion journey, what's next for you?
I'm sending off emails, looking for internships, talking with theatre companies about graphic and costume design, just putting myself out there and trying not to relax too much.
Advice to anyone wanting to study your course?
Decide before you start if you're really willing to put in the work, you need to give up a lot of time, you need to work hard, and you need to be open to learning new skills. It's so rewarding, but nothing is given to you, make things happen.