Fashion & Floristry by South Metropolitan TAFE - Student Exhibition

A unique exhibit explores intersections between art, floristry and fashion as South Metropolitan TAFE (SM TAFE) students collaborate to showcase artisanship on human form. The activation transforms the foyer of the Mandurah Performing Arts centre from the 6th to the 13th of June, celebrating the Mandurah Wearable Art Showcase weekend.

The exhibit of twenty-two fashion and 13 floristry SM TAFE student works use innovative techniques such as wire lacework, origami and arm-knitting; and materials such as air-conditioning ducting, pressed flowers sandwiched between organza, hair extensions and brick pallet tape.

Diploma in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising student Maree Aldred took inspiration from the musical 42nd Street in her design The Chorus Girl. Deconstructing the chorus girls and their uniformity of performance on 1930’s Broadway focussed Maree’s development on the eyelashes and lips in show lights that are the exaggerated features of her Wearable Art design.

Advanced Diploma in Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising student Catherine Kelly embraced the floral and fashion connection with her design inspired by the pressed flowers contained in love letters. She pressed her own flowers and sandwiched them between layers of organza to create a signature floral design. Last year Catherine won the Runner-Up prize in the Tertiary Category of the Mandurah Wearable Art Showcase.

Students completing fashion qualifications ranging from Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) pathway programs to Advanced Diploma collaborate with Certificate III Floristry students to present the exhibit.

Applications are now open to study in second semester 2018. Visit or call 1800 001 001.

When: 6-14 June 2018

Where: MPAC Lobby