'Pretty surreal' win for fashion student

20:49, Nov 29 2012
emily scott
WINNING THREADS: Ilish Thomas from Ali McD Agency models pieces by Timaruvian Emily Scott, who won the Australian Graduates Fashion Week last week. Make up done by Georgia Glass.

Timaru fashion student Emily Scott has been named winner of an Australian fashion show, kick-starting her career in the industry.

The former Craighead Diocesan student, who is studying at Otago Polytechnic, was named winner of the Australian Graduates Fashion Show held last week. It is the first time the event has been held.

"It's still pretty surreal at the moment," she said. "I just didn't expect it. I didn't know what to say."

Judges included fashion designers Nicola Finetti, Paolo Sebastian, Phoenix Keating, along with Dimitri Frost, editor of CIELO magazine, and international fashion photographer Elvis Di Fazio.

Three other Otago Polytechnic fashion students also entered the show.

The students worked on the pieces over two semesters, preparing for their graduation show that was held on November 16.


Emily's work was inspired by the experimental film Solipsist and the book Pobby and Dingan.

It is a big win for somebody who never planned on a career in fashion. After leaving Craighead in 2008, Emily started out at the University of Otago studying science.

"I didn't go to university expecting that I'd end up doing fashion.

"I did . . . first year and that wasn't for me and I came to (polytechnic). This is my third and final year."

She now hoped to take a break after working long hours on her line. "When you are doing it you're working from 8am until some times 5am in the morning."

She hopes to start an internship next year "just to get the experience".

Ultimately, she would like to have her own fashion line, but wants to travel first.

As part of the win she takes away $10,000 cash to kick start her career, along with website creation by Fly Finch Fly, a double page spread in CIELO, TIGI Professional Hair pack, Create Cosmetics pack, Thomas Sabo voucher worth $250, Versace Yellow Diamond, Jurlique gift pack, ROC Eyewear sunglasses, Fujifilm Instax Australia Camera and a SkullCandy headphone.

Emily was sponsored by CRT rural, Quantum Advantage, ANZ and the Timaru Sewing Centre.

The Timaru Herald