The 2010 judges of Fashion Less Waste were challenged to choose finalists from so many wonderful entries. This annual fashion design competition invites students to create an outfit that is mostly made from materials originally used for a non-clothing purpose. In this International Year of Biodiversity, students were inspired by our fabulous Australian animals.
Inspiration for entries came from reptiles, insects, amphibians, fish, molluscs, jellyfish and, most numerously, from birds. Imagine a large flock of different bird species and you have the picture. You should see the entry photographs! Of course we can’t post any on the web yet... That would spoil your surprise upon seeing the entries paraded on the 27th of May, in person or soon afterwards on video through the Australian Museum website.
The judges who chose the finalists were:
The judges thoroughly enjoyed inspecting the photographs, and reading about each entrant's materials and how the inspiring animals are visible in each entry.
We were surprised to receive only three entries in the TAFE, Tertiary & Design School category. Students of these learning institutions – Be ready to enter in 2011! However, we were not disappointed by the standard of these three entries. They will be judged at the parade, and each will be a deserved winner or runner-up.
An advantage also arose for some Secondary School entrants – we were able to choose more than 10 Secondary School finalists. Once the judges’ scores were tallied, it was clear that three entrants had tied for 11th place, just below 10th place. We wanted to include these wonderful entries as finalists too, especially because the parade can then better represent the diversity of the entries and of their animal inspirations... After all, it is the International Year of Biodiversity!
In the TAFE, Tertiary or Design School category:
In the Secondary School category:
We await the parade on the 27th of May with expectation. Who will be awarded by Akira Isogawa and the other judges? They will win cash and have their entry displayed at the Strand Arcade in June and the Australian Museum in July. Stay tuned for further updates about Fashion Less Waste 2010: Biodiverse!