Royal show fashions new award for CDU student 

Nick Louloudias with his son

It’s always flattering to be acknowledged for your talents. But Charles Darwin University fashion student Nick Louloudias impressed the judges so much at this year’s Royal Darwin Show, they created a specially contrived award For Emerging Talent.

Nick won first prize in the ‘Blouse Shirt or Frock, Ladies or Men’ competition with his red and black men’s outfit.

He echoed the design and made a matching outfit for his 17-month-old son, Manoli, earning him second prize in the ‘Outfit Boy or Girl’ section.

Nearing completion of his Diploma of Textile, Clothing and Footwear, Nick has teamed up with his partner Maria Davis to develop and commercialise two new fashion labels.

Nick also received two highly commended awards for his entries in the ‘Adult Coordinates’ section with his evening pants suit and skirt and top.

‘I am always pushing myself to improve my trade,’ he said.

Grace Graveson wasn’t far behind winning ‘The Modern Sewing Fantasy Garment’ section with a blue marbled ball gown, complete with mask.

She was also awarded second place for her ‘Creative Challenge’ entry, with the aim of producing a garment as cheaply as possible. She created a striking outfit for just $26.30, including GST.

Armida Monteith, course coordinator, fashion studies at Charles Darwin University, said she was highly impressed with the innovative approach of fashion students in the Territory.

‘It’s brilliant to see such talented designers taking their trade so seriously and being recognised for their raw talent,’ she said.