Jenna has just recently finished her diploma in fashion textile merchandising at Kangan institute in Melbourne Richmond. It’s in fact the same course I completed so many moons ago.

Jenna has a great eye for fashion, ( we own the same bag from nakedvice) also she loves to read and enjoys a good baked cupcake.


Additionally like many of us have an undoubtedly desire to shop. Jenna is also up an up coming fashion blogger in the industry.   which I suggest you foxes check out! Eventually she hopes to return to kangan and learn fashion styling.

 She has taken the time to answer a few curious Q’s about the textile merchandising industry side of things .



You have completed your Diploma of fashion textile merchandise how was your time staying fashion been? Tell us the up’s and downs, and the things you've learnt most since your time at Kangan?

I was unsure when I first started at Kangan, I hadn’t been in a class room environment since 2012 when I was studying hairdressing. But I really enjoyed it! I made so many new friends and learnt so many new skills. I learnt things I would have never guessed about the Fashion and Textile Industry.

The teachers were really understanding and helpful with any questions, sometimes going above and beyond to help you. Assignments due dates could be stressful, but its good training for any stressful times in the industry!

Have you completed any internships since studying? If so what did you learn from your internship?

I had two weeks work experience at the Cotton On Group Head office where I helped the Product Developers of Factorie, Tbar, and Cotton On Men’s and Women’s wear. I learnt how a garment is created, from measuring a sample garment to ensure it’s to the correct specs, to liaising with international suppliers to creating a merchandising schedules for the stores.

I also had a month long internship at Rollie shoes. I learnt how to create online marketing media, generate spreadsheets for international factories, and I even got to feature in a photo shoot!

What do you eventually want to 'be' in the fashion game?

My ideal position is to be a social media coordinator/ brand manager for a fashion label. I would love to control the social media accounts and project the brand image to its consumers. I have started to build myself an online presence to help reach this goal. I also love trend research and the ethical side of fashion.

I would also love to have my blog recognised in the industry and be invited to a fashion week… preferably NYFW!

Most difficult thing you've had to learn since studying fashion textile merchandising?

When I was studying it was defiantly hard to manage my time as I can be a bit lazy sometimes! But I soon learnt that the sooner you get it done the better. Now that I have finished my course, I’ve learnt that it’s hard to get into your ideal position in the industry. You really have to work hard and do the dirty jobs!


Anyone you admire in the fashion design industry?

I love Melbourne’s label Nakedvice for their beautiful leather bags. I also love Dion lee and Alexander Wang, both of these designers produce the most amazing designs with every collection.


Lastly what's your advice to anyone wanting to study your course?

Have an open mind, there is so much to learn in this industry and you will continue learning even after you finish the course. Make use of the books and magazines in the library, they have some really relevant ones for students to use. And don’t think you are ever too old to study! I started the course when I was about 24!


Quick Foxy Questions!

Where are you currently working?

I currently training to work at a new international brand coming to Australia, I’m not sure if I can say who yet… so keep your eyes peeled at Melbourne Central for the opening on the 22nd of October!


  Favourite parts of the course?

Learning CAD (Illustrator and Photoshop), Trend Research using social media and WGSN, Fashion Marketing, and Range Designing.

If I could go anywhere right now I’d go to……..

Japan! I love the countries diverse culture and would love to see the cherry blossom trees. I am also obsessed with “Memoirs of a Geisha”.My favourite item in my wardrobe?I have two! My leather jacket and my Black High Waisted Lee Jeans, they are both heaven to wear and can be thrown on in a rush to make my outfit perfect!

Chocolate or Jelly?


Krystianna Dower


Meet Kangan fashion design student Krystianna. She has been currently studying at Kangan Tafe, just recently completing her Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology.  Krystianna will be commencing her next fashion chapter studying the Advanced Diploma next year at Kangan.  

Today she gives an insight on student life. From internships to assignments  and her passion for fashion illustrations. 


Krystianna tells us so far her experience studying fashion design at Kangan,and her hopes and dreams within in fashion the industry 

Your about to complete your Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Technology, how has your fashion design studying journey been? Tell us the up’s and downs, the things you've learnt most since your time at Kangan? 

 I have learnt so much in the past two years while studying at Kangan. I didn’t just learn how to sew, pattern make and design, I learnt life skills and independence. I moved out of home to Melbourne from a small town to follow my chosen career path of fashion design when I was only 16. It has been an incredible journey of highs and lows. Time management was a big thing, the pressure was full on but in the end it was all worth it and would not of had it any other way.  

Have you completed any internships since studying? If so what did you learn? 

 I completed two weeks of work experience. One week with Melissa Jackson Millinery and one week at Arthur Galan. I learnt the pressures of the Industry and how there are no second chances. It is a non-stop industry. I was lucky enough to work at Arthur Galan during the time of Virgin Australian Melbourne Fashion Festival.     

What do you aspire/ hopes/ dreams to eventually be in the fashion game? 

 I would love to be able to make a living of my illustrations it is my absolute passion, I hope to one day have my own studio and freelance. I am also in love with designing. I am quiet interested in swimwear, and while returning to Kangan next year to complete my Advanced Diploma I am looking forward to creating a swimwear collection. 

Your illustrations are amazing, how did you learn to draw was it a talent or a certain process you do to create your fashion illustrations? 

 As a little kid I used to travel a lot with my family, which meant a lot of hours spent in the car with heaps of paper, pencils and markers. I used to pretend to design for Roxy, Billabong, Rusty and all of those popular brands. Ever since then I’ve been designing, it wasn’t until I was 15 when I really started to improve on my drawings. I drew portraits and just really focused a lot on the detail. My art teacher in year 10 would always say that drawing did not come naturally to me. Now I would be lost if i could’t draw it just comes so naturally. Ive improved immensely, especially in the past 6 months. If you want to be good at something you just have to keep going at it everyday, and there is always room for improvement.



Most difficult thing you've had to learn since studying fashion design?

 I would usually say sewing or pattern making, as they are definitely not my stronger subjects, but probably learning time management. There is no time to think in the fashion industry, and you usually have to go with the first idea that pops in to your head, just to get everything done in time. I find this hard as I constantly change design ideas almost weekly. In the past 6 months I feel like this is something I am learning fast and probably one of the most important things you need to learn. 

Also do you have any side projects at the moment?

At the moment I don’t have any side projects, I need about 3 weeks of sleep to recover from finishing my course! Although I am studying a business diploma on the side, and I also draw/illustrate any chance I get.

Anyone you aspire or look up to in the design industry?

 Toni Maticevski. I am in love with his designs and how unique he is. Toni's attention to detail is incredible. It is important to stay true to yourself especially when fashion is an industry full of companies stealing ideas, and you will usually find the same garment in about 5 different stores. There are a lot of people out there doing the same thing. Toni’s garments are art, there different and I love that. 

And what keeps you motivated through out your studying as we all know fashion design can be quiet difficult at times! What keeps you in there? - It has been extremely tough to stay motivated throughout this course. It is easy to fall off course and quit. Although the pressure of it all excites me, there is a fine line between it being fun and too much. The person who motivated me would be my mum. Whenever I felt down and I couldnt do it anymore, she always reminded me why I started and how it was all going to be worth it in the end, she always picked me up when I was down. My mum is the one who made sure I never gave up. She was right and I would do it all over again. 

Favourite part about being a designer ?

 Designing of course, and also illustrating my designs. My favourite feeling is after working so hard on your design and seeing the end result, it is so rewarding! 



For your final collection, what was your inspiration behind it ?  What materials did you use and what was the process?

 Our brief for the final collection was to design a range of outfits that was created using pre-loved Red Cross garments, to promote sustainability. The inspiration behind my collection was the art movement minimalism, focusing on photography of landscapes, and the colours of a sunset over the ocean. To mix it up a bit, I also researched architectures and was interested in the line work. This lead me to dye an old bed sheet I bought from Red Cross the colours of my mood board and to smock the fabric to represent the line work of the architecture. 

Advice to anyone wanting to study your course? 

 It is honestly one of the best courses to study if you want to get in to the fashion industry. It is very hands on and and you learn so much. The teachers there are incredible. The course is especially good if your a beginner, and have never even a touched a sewing machine before. Thats one of the things I loved about the course we could all be of different age, but we all started at the same place.


Quick Foxy Questions! 


If i could go anywhere right now i'd go to…….. Europe for sure! I actually leave in 8 weeks for my holiday over there, would be nice if it was sooner:)

heels or flats? Heels for sure

My favourite item in my wardrobe? At the moment my new Sass & Bide knits I got second hand from Red Cross, I got one in black and beige and they go with everything. 


Pasta or Pizza? Thats a hard one I love them both, but probably pasta!

Special Thanks to Krystianna xxx 


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