Fairholme Fashion Week

Cotton Australia Fairholme Fashion Week 9-14 October 2017

Fairholme Fashion Week 2017

Cotton Australia Fairholme Fashion Week is an annual event held as a prelude to The Fairholme Spring Fair


The aim of the event is to celebrate and promote fashion in the Toowoomba region and provide students and interested adults with a variety of opportunities through which they can learn about and experience the industry from a number of perspectives.

The week comprises of a number of workshops and information sessions with details to be posted here soon. Each session is timetabled over the course of the week and enables audiences to enrol online and attend based on their own area of interest.

The week culminates with a Spring Fair Fashion Parade on Saturday 14 October where the winners will be announced, on stage in the Fairholme Assembly Hall.

Fashion designers from the South West and South East Queensland regions are invited to submit original, spring-inspired cotton creations for judging in the 2017 Cotton Australia Fairholme Fashion Awards.

Category 1 - Open

Design brief: “Fairholme through the decades”

‘While trends still dictate the fashion world, contemporary designers often draw inspiration from the past and have modified classic looks from the past 100 years to be the height of fashion today,’ says Mandi-Joy Meise of Fairholme College. Ms Meise wants students to take Fashion back by redefining on trend styling with significant Fairholme colours or prints as a focal point.

You are invited to try your hand at producing an “Outfit” inspired by any decade of fashion of the past 100 years with significant Fairholme colours or prints as a focal point. Your garment/s should be suitable to wear to day or evening events such as the Races, Cocktail Party, Evening Wedding, The Theatre, Dining Out or Dancing. (Ball Gowns would not fit the brief.)

Your design must reflect on trend silhouettes of that decade.

  • The garment must be well made and timeless.
  • It must be handmade from start to finish by the entrant.
  • It must be made of cotton or a blend of not less than 70% cotton; the only exceptions are any linings, interfacings and petticoats.
  • Made to fit a female model (Fairholme student) between sizes 8 and 14.
  • Reflect original ideas and noted through an A4 mood board which includes sketches of proposed design/s
  • May use a commercial pattern
  • Photos (at least 3) of the construction process

It is essential that the Entry Conditions are read prior to commencing design work.

Note: All Entries and documentation (mood board and photos) to be submitted to Fairholme Administration, Wirra Wirra Street, no later than 4pm Thursday 5 October, 2017.

Please allow time for postage if entries are to be sent to ensure garments arrive by submission date.

Category Entry Fee: $25 per entry

Enter Open or Middle & Senior School Categories 

Category 2 - Middle (Years7-9) and Senior (Years 10-12) Students

Design brief: “Fairholme through the decades”

Students in Middle School (Years 7-9) and Senior School (Years 10-12) are invited to try their hand at producing a 1970’s on trend inspired Party Dress that can be worn to an afternoon tea party or an after 5pm evening event.

Students 70’s inspired on trend ‘Party Dresses’ need to reflect the silhouettes and styling of that decade with hints of Fairholme as a focal point.

  • The garment (Party Dress) must be well made and timeless.
  • It must be handmade from start to finish by the entrant.
  • It must be made of cotton or a blend of not less than 70% cotton; the only exceptions are any linings, interfacings and petticoats.
  • Made to fit a female model (Fairholme student) between sizes 8 and 14.
  • reflect original ideas and noted through an A4 mood board which includes sketches of proposed design/s
  • may use a commercial pattern
  • photos (at least 3) of the construction process

It is essential that the Entry Conditions are read prior to commencing design work.

Note: All Entries and documentation (mood board and photos) to be submitted to Fairholme Administration, Wirra Wirra Street, no later than 4pm Thursday 5 October, 2017.

Please allow time for postage if entries are to be sent to ensure garments arrive by submission date.

Category Entry Fee: $5 per entry

Enter Open or Middle & Senior School Categories 

Workshops & Events

2017 Events & Details to be posted closer to event.