Awards raise the style stakes

Winner of Gown of the year Sia Zacharis during the Fashion Awards Australia Gala Presentation at Encore Events Centre. Photos by Luke Hemer.

By Alesha Capone

Glamourous gowns, delightful dresses and creative clothing featured on the catwalk at the 22nd Fashion Awards Australia in Hoppers Crossing last week.

The annual event, organised by Heather Marcus, aims to recognise talented school and TAFE students and new and emerging fashion designers.


Design by Asher Dann of Ballarat Grammar.

Of several awards handed out on the night, St Albans Secondary College received the John Claringbold Memorial School Cup, which is presented to the school which amasses the most points during the competition.

Penola Catholic College in Broadmeadows placed second and Geelong College third. Ballarat Secondary College students also won four awards.


Design by Prena Khanna of Point Cook.

St Albans resident William Thi was named Australian Designer of the Year, and placed first and second for his wedding gown designs.

Sia Zacharis received the Australian Gown of the Year gong.


William Thi with his winning design in the Wedding Gown category.

Ms Marcus said she wanted to thank the teachers from the colleges and schools that entered the awards, in addition to the students, designers, her back-up team and the staff at the Encore Events Centre, where the awards took place on Friday.

Ms Marcus also thanked the event sponsors – including the Dennis Family Corporation, Riverwalk Werribee, Avalon Airport, Birch Creative (Birch Haberdashery), MacGregor Logistics and Selective Smash Repairs – who provided $20,000 in prizes and trophies.


Design by Steffi Burayong of Thomas Carr College.