Student talent on show

Words and photos by Katie Wong Hoy

Eight aspiring hairdressers from the Australian College of Hair Design and Beauty flaunted their skills at a fashion show on Wednesday, October 7.

The costumes, hairstyles and make-up were all designed and constructed by the students and presented in the Flinders Lane studio.

Lisa Nguyen, co-ordinator of the Australian College of Hair Design and Beauty, said more than 150 students and members of the general public came along to witness the hair creations.

She said the students were almost fully qualified and the fashion show was part of their course requirements.

“It’s about eight months that they’ve been with us now so they’re almost at the end of their course. This is one of the things they need to do as one of their unit competencies,” Ms Nguyen said.

Nadia Smith is a student doing a certificate three in hairdressing at the college. She said her cohort took a different approach to the usual catwalk fashion show that students have performed in previous years.

“One of the first things we decided was we wanted to do pieces that were probably going to take quite a lot of time and detail. That’s why we stuck with the three of us,” Ms Smith said.

“We didn’t really have too much of a theme other than art and we just wanted to create a mood more than anything … we chose to do the gallery style presentation.”

The eight students spent two intensive weeks planning the show, which involved organising a budget, shopping for materials, making the costumes, creating the hairstyles and make-up and performing the show.

When the day finally came around, the audience was suitably surprised at the unveiling of the creations.

“The reaction was shock and a feeling of anticipation and evoking sort of a mystery around it. What we pulled off people weren’t expecting,” Ms Smith said.

“I think people were pretty impressed which was great after all that two weeks of hard work.”

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