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Grants advance WA fashion designers

23 Aug 2013

The latest round of Department of Culture and the Arts designer fashion grants will assist Western Australian designers undertake a range of projects, including international internships and promoting their work in national and overseas markets.

Acting Director General Alan Ferris said that under the Designer Fashion Grants Program, eight Western Australian fashion designers and businesses had been awarded more than $100,000 in grants to further their skills and access and develop markets for their work.

“Two of the applicants will be undertaking overseas internships while others will be creating new collections and marketing their work through public relations campaigns and online marketing methods,” Mr Ferris said.

Broome based milliner Susan Rush will use her grant towards a three-month internship with London milliner Noel Stewart whose clients included Kylie Minogue and Keira Knightley and whose work has been featured in an exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum by leading British milliner Stephen Jones.

Reny Kestel will develop her website and e-commerce portal to reach a broader target audience both nationally and internationally while Ruby Glendenning will undertake an internship in Auckland, New Zealand with internationally renowned fashion brand, Karen Walker.

“The Designer Fashion Grants Program is unique in Australia – the State Government has supported the industry since 2004, providing 310 applicants with more than $2.2 million over the past nine years,” Mr Ferris said.

“The grants are awarded by the independent Designer Fashion Panel, which is made up of practising industry professionals.”