Hunter designer Anna Langdon at Melbourne Fashion Festival

NEWCASTLE fashionista Anna Langdon will join top Australian designers such as Alex Perry and Collette Dinnigan at the Melbourne Fashion Festival.

Langdon will feature her designs in the Graduate Showcase on Tuesday night along with 11 other hand-picked graduates from across Australia.

The graduates were chosen from hundreds of applicants and Langdon is the only student from the Sydney Institute of TAFE.

The former Merewether High student, now based in Sydney, has been earmarked as a designer to watch.

In 2010 she represented Australia and New Zealand in an international design competition held in London and will be featured in a clothing exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum Sydney later this month.

Langdon has also been invited to show her collection in the Innovators Parade at Australian Fashion Week in Sydney in May, an honour bestowed upon only six other graduates.

‘‘Stepping into Heathrow airport after being jetsetted to London like a celebrity, was not where I imagined I would be after only a year and a half as a fashion student,’’ she said.

‘‘The experience was surreal. Having won the privilege to represent Australia and New Zealand and then meeting inspiring industry professionals from all over Europe and discussing my work with them was very exciting.’’ Langdon hasn’t forgotten her Newcastle roots and has participated in the Frock On Newcastle charity fashion event for the past two years.

‘‘Newcastle’s design scene will continue to expand, I think,’’ Langdon said.

‘‘Initiatives like Renew Newcastle are great for encouraging young people to be creative.’’

Melbourne Fashion Week opened on Thursday and runs for a week.

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