Entrants in this year’s Mackay Festival of Fashion (previously known as Student Festival of Fashion) were highly successful with two Highly Commended awards, three First Place Category awards and also the Supreme Overall Award for the competition.  Twenty-two students participated with seventeen entries in several categories.  These talented HSC students gained valuable design and construction experience with the students modelling on the catwalk, supported by professional model trainer, Mrs Kathy Corones.  Our students were also supported by Ms Forbes, as facilitator, and myself throughout the process.

The Mackay Festival of Fashion has evolved to become the much anticipated highlight of the youth art scene in Mackay.  The event is open to any student under the age of 19 years currently enrolled at high school and is also open to adults.  The event is often used as a stepping stone to further their studies in Art, Fashion and Design.  It is an opportunity to have loads of creative fun and to express their individuality and independence.

This year, the Mackay Festival of Fashion was held on Saturday 22 August 2015 at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre.  The theme was ‘Into the Light’.  It was not compulsory to use the theme but it was more of an inspirational tool.

There were several categories which covered all areas of talent.  The entrants could model their entry themselves, have a friend model for them or have several entries as a collection and enter the stage together.

Supreme Overall WinnerYuqing Lin (Year 10)

Winning a Bernina Sewing Machine and Whitehouse Institute of Design Residency.

Renew, Recycle, Reinvent First Bianca Donaldson (Year 11)
Senior Out-Rage-Us First Shania Muscat (Year 11)
Senior Pulp Fiction First Yuqing Lin (Year 10)
Senior Pulp Fiction Highly Commended Elizabeth Hiskins (Year 10)
Junior Out-Rage-Us Highly Commended Tia Brown (Year 9)

Congratulations also to the following:

Designers: Celeste Mather, Jordyn Cantoni, Chloe Godfrey, Dana Cliff, Grace Emmert, Harley Filmalter, Joshua Bornman.

Models: Shinae Donaldson, Kelsey Cliff, Emma Pannell, Annaliese Holding, Mikaela Bourke, Phoebe Peters, Sophie Messina, Madelyn Dalglish and Rebecca Flor.