Hunter TAFE fashion design student aims for BBM Youth Support’s Skilled Futures Program

Fashion forward: Brooke Osland has opened an online store filled with her designs and is taking orders. www.designtob.com.au  Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Fashion forward: Brooke Osland has opened an online store filled with her designs and is taking orders. www.designtob.com.au Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

FROM New Lambton to London, Brooke Osland is hoping to win a scholarship that offers a runway to success.

Ms Osland, 19, has been named as a finalist to participate in the BBM Youth Support’s Skilled Futures Program, which provides financial assistance to students to travel to the United Kingdom to participate in a leadership development course and international work experience over six weeks.

“The scholarship would give me hands-on experience in the industry,” said Ms Osland, who has recently completed an Advanced Diploma in Applied Fashion Design and Technology at Hunter TAFE.

“The UK is much further in front in terms of fashion and it would be really beneficial for me to be able to pick up on upcoming trends and forecasts for what we have not yet got in Australia.

“I’d try for an elite company – the dream would be Alexander McQueen – but a small boutique would also be awesome. It will just be great to know how a business is run and learn from what they do and the mistakes you make when starting out.”

Ms Osland was nominated for the scholarship after she and 15 other Hunter TAFE students competed against the best of their peers in the country in the WorldSkills Australia national competition in October.

She received a bronze medal in the fashion technology category, before returning home to present a five-look collection at her class NEWGEN end-of-year fashion parade last month.

“I want to start up my own business and designing and seeing the end result on the runway made me want to fulfill that dream even more.”

Ms Osland described her collection as elegant, timeless, transitional and monochromatic.

“I’m targeting the city girl who likes to be overdressed rather than under-dressed, who likes to go out and have a good time and always looks her best,” she said.  

“I feel it’s hard in a way to find pieces like that at an affordable price. Most of my pieces are 100 per cent silk and the most expensive item is $300.”

Ms Osland will find out on December 20 if she has received the BBM scholarship.

“Either way I’m going to keep sewing, keep designing and take one day at a time.”

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