Rebecca Madirazza is 20 years old from Cockatoo, Victoria and has just finished studying the advanced diploma of fashion design and technology. Having always enjoyed being around creatives. She has a passion for experimenting with materials and doing anything that involves with her being creative. She hopes one day to be to be an established avant-garde designer as that's where her passion lies.
Congratulations, you've graduated! Tell us your experience studying fashion design at Kangan? What were your fashion moments?
I have had an amazing experience at Kangan, I started there back in 2012 where I completed my certificate 2 in applied fashion design and technology, and ever since I had the orientation I pretty much wanted to live there! All the teachers there are like family, I have made many friends there that will last a lifetime and the facilities are absolutely incredible! I'm going to miss being there every day.
My favourite moment would've been getting into Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, it was honestly an experience that I will remember forever. It was so much fun, and I honestly felt like a proper designer! Such a crazy wonderful experience.
although sometimes it felt like there was assessment overload, everything felt like it had a purpose. All the projects were interesting to do, and although at some moments I felt like crying myself to sleep I still pulled through.
For your final collection, what was your inspiration behind it, and how long did it take you to complete?
My collection for autumn/winter 2017 was called "the contentious bride", which is an avant-garde bridal-inspired collection.
It's inspired by the strengths and struggles of woman all around the world and throughout the ages. Powerful and poignant.
My collection honestly took about 7 months to complete. The designing, pattern making, toiling, redesigning, toiling again, then sewing was a very long process. There were a lot of deadlines which were great, but I found it difficult to stick to the one design and once I started to toile, the design was pretty much impossible to create.
Most difficult thing you've had to learn since studying fashion design?
Sticking to the one design! I struggled a lot with this, but I wouldn't change anything! I'm very happy with the final product, and I would not change the design.
..And the best thing studying fashion design?
The best bit about studying fashion design is being around people who are just as crazy and creative as you. I would give anything to be back in that environment surrounded by so many happy faces, and creatives all in the one room.
You've only just started your fashion journey, what's next for you?
Hopefully will get a full-time job, somewhere in the industry. I love being an all-rounder and I feel like I could possibly fit anywhere. But hopefully, something to do with wearable art. (I'm obsessed)
Advice to anyone wanting to study your course?
It'll be one of the hardest most rewarding courses that you will ever do! The teachers are honestly the best in the business! And you will make friends that will last a lifetime. Kangan has always been a great school, and I would go back and do it all again in a heartbeat !