Connor Singleton, Kayla Billerwell modelling his creation, and Jake Samuel-Ingham.
Connor Singleton, Kayla Billerwell modelling his creation, and Jake Samuel-Ingham.

Men design eco-friendly fashion

IT MAY be a traditionally female profession but a group of young men yesterday proved they had just as much talent for fashion design as anyone.

Sunshine Coast TAFE students Connor Singleton and Jake Ingham were two of four men showcasing their designs at the World Environment Day festival.

Mr Ingham said it was a sign of the times, as many men were making their mark on the fashion industry.

“At first I thought it would be (female dominated) but it's become more of a male industry as well. Times are changing, you can do the things you want to do,” he said.

Mr Singleton said no one was surprised when he decided to pursue fashion design, as he had always been “pretty flamboyant”.

“I kind of started to be interested in costume design in movies and theatre and from there I became interested in a more casual type of thing…and I've always been good at sewing.

“There's a lot to fashion and I suppose the passion for me is the individuality you can put into it.”

The first-year students are at the forefront in more ways than one, with both men showcasing sustainable designs at yesterday's festival.

“My design is basically a pink velvet dress made from another dress. It looks kind of like a nightie but it's really funky,” Mr Singleton said.

Mr Ingham said it was important for designers to support environmentally-friendly fashion.


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