Sheepvention Fashion Competition leads to Milan
Why do so many fashionistas travel to Hamilton in Victoria for Sheepvention every year?
Sheepvention, the district’s Pastoral & Agricultural Society show celebrates all things ewe, ram and of course wool, drawing over 25,000 people – many more than some fashion festivals!
Unquestionably the most sustainable fibre for the fashion industry is wool and each year, along with a wool fashion parade, there’s a competition at the event which attracts the best emerging designers from around the country.
Sheepvention encourages students of design to use wool in their creations, through the Australasian Young Designer Wool Award and Handbury Scholarship. With the winner receiving a $10,500 scholarship to study at the Instituto Marangoni in Milan, it’s not hard to see why so many emerging designers from around the country enter! Last year there were around fifty entrants. The winner is selected from one of five categories:
Amazingly, four of the last five winners of the highly prized award have come from South Australia. While you might think they’re putting something in the water in that state, their common link is that they are all graduates of TAFE SA’s school of fashion.
The latest winner, Sarah Twyford, who won for her race wear entry, is currently in her final year of an advanced diploma in fashion design at TAFE SA. Elated after her win earlier this year, Sarah said she “always wanted to do something more creative,” after first completing a degree in pharmacy.
Like many of the scholarship winners, travelling to Milan to study design is something Sarah thought she could only dream of.
Sheepvention Handbury Scholarship Winners
2017: Sarah Twyford – TAFE SA currently enrolled
2016: Toby Andrews – TAFE SA
2015: Jemma Saunders- Gordon Institute TAFE Geelong
2014: Jessica Nicholls – TAFE SA, now Assistant Designer Bariano
2013: Hannah Virgo-Colbey – TAFE SA , worked at Australian Fashion Labels, Acler, now back at University