For some years the Trustees for the Australian Wool Education Trust have held annual meetings with representatives of a number of Fashion Schools from all over Australia.
The purpose of these meetings is to develop programs whereby the Trust could assist the students develop a better understanding of the characteristics and advantages of wool.
One of the first projects was the development of a set of swatches of wool fabrics for distribution to the Fashion Schools. The selection, assembling and distribution of these swatches was managed by RMIT with assistance by AWI and funded by the Trust.
The Trust continues to provide funds for the addition of new samples to these swatches as new and innovative fabrics become available.
In 2015 the Trust decided to fund a pilot project whereby it provided a number grants to selected Fashion Design Students.
Initially 25 grants were provided for 2016, allocated to RMIT, Whitehouse Design, UTS, QUT, TAFE SA and Curtin University.
For the pilot project the criteria for administering and directing the grants were:
The grants were allocated to the pilot project participants as follow:
|RMIT||Bachelor of Fashion (Design & Technology)||4||$6000|
|Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Hons)||4||$8000|
|Whitehouse Design – Melbourne||Bachelor of Design||3||$4500|
|Whitehouse Design – Sydney||Bachelor of Design||3||$4500|
|UTS||BA Hons Fashion and Textile Design||4||$8000|
|QUT||Bachelor of Design||2||$3000|
|TAFE SA||Bachelor of Fashion Design||3||$4500|
|Curtin||Bachelor or Arts (Fashion)||2||$3000|
The students provided AWET with digital images of their designs. The following links will display a video of the fashion parades for two students from Whitehouse Design – Sydney.
Follow these links to view the designs created by students receiving AWET Grants:
The outcomes of the program were reviewed in February 2017 and the Trustees decided to continue the program for 2017.