Autumn inspiration

• Aimee-Lee Verrier  with a model wearing her leaf-inspited design at Future Runway. Photo by Stefan Gosatti, courtesy the Perth Fashion Festival

WHILE fastidious gardeners were blowing autumn leaves into the gutter, Tafe fashion student Aimee-Lee Verrier took a different view and saw some potential.

“The colours were so vibrant and orange and I just thought how beautiful those would look preserved into a dress,” the Coolbinia resident said.

“I also had been wanting to make a dress that looked like stained glass, so I decided to mix the two ideas by pressing the leaves and creating tiles before coating them in resin.”

Together with an eye-catching headpiece featuring two tall horns, the resulting dress recently took out the Wearable Technology category at the Perth Fashion Festival’s Future Runway show.

“The horns in my piece were meant to represent a warrior and strength rising from the fragility of the stained glass and such,” Ms Verrier told the Voice.

“The chains somewhat showcasing an element of oppression or breaking free from the chains of it.

“The whole piece itself is meant to be a symbol of femininity I suppose; sometimes fragile but strong and ready for war.”

Future Runway pits students from WA’s fashion design schools and universities against each other in six categories; South Metropolitan Tafe, which has campuses in Fremantle, Murdoch and Bentley, dominated with three of the awards.

Tafe fashion graduates Henrietta Grochowski, Gabrielle Riule and Jasmine O’Brien were also featured at the festival’s emerging designer show Generation Next.

The trimmed-back PFF, which last year ran into financial trouble, officially wound up last week, though there’s a couple of associated events still to come, including North Metro Tafe’s graduate show on November 17 and ECU’s on December 13.


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