CDU shows off at Fred's Pass 

Above: Alana Denson's winning design is second from left

Charles Darwin University (CDU) students have been rewarded for their skill and talent, scoring several wins at the annual Fred’s Pass Show.

A garment designed by fashion student, Alana Denson, took top honors at the show’s fashion design competition.

Alana, who is currently undertaking a Certificate IV in Clothing Production, topped the field ahead of other CDU VET in School students Matilda Studders and Amina Sherif.

“The competition was a terrific opportunity to have my work displayed in a public forum. I was extremely excited to be a part of it and even more so when I heard I had won.”

“Exposure for young designers is invaluable but is really hard to come by in Darwin,” Alana, whose winning design was a classic strapless cocktail dress, explained.

Alana plans to continue her studies in fashion and hopefully break into the design industry with her efforts focused on costume.

Finishing close second and wowing audiences with her design, was VET in Schools student Matilda Studders.

Matilda’s entry, a short jumpsuit featuring crocodile skin integrated into the design, was paraded in Brisbane on May 13 as part of the International Trade Fair.

CDU student designed garments were also on show as part of the Crocodylus World Practice Firm’s representation at the trade fair.

Both students point to the continued leadership and support provided by Armida Monteith, coordinator and lecturer in fashion, as the source of their success.

The competition was designed to be the platform for budding designers, from school as well as from VET, into industry.

CDU students from the Katherine Campus were also very successful in the agricultural events of the show, taking out most major awards in the beef cattle events.

The University’s Brahman stud cattle won grand champion for both male and female.

Agriculture student Emma Phillips was awarded first place in the senior handler class, with fellow CDU student Michelle Hansen in second place. Emma went on to win champion handler.