Each year Queenslanders spend more than $6 billion on clothing and footwear. It’s a huge industry and a major employer. And many on the cutting edge of fashion design and retail got their start at TAFE QLD’s Fashion Centre of Excellence.
It’s staffed by an incredible team of teachers with years of swatches of invaluable industry experience. One such teacher is Carol Costa.
“We’re pretty proud of our students,” says Carol.
“And we’re pretty proud of what we have here and what we’ve achieved…and what we’re still going to achieve in the years to come.”
Many of Carol’s students – like Alice Latzow – have launched their own successful businesses in fashion. Alice started at TAFE while still in high school and went on to earn her advanced diploma.
Later she formed AlcieMay, a go-to label when it comes to activewear – from rowing and swimming to gymnastics and dance.
“My first ever teacher at TAFE was Carol. I’ve known her for 13 years and she’s my friend,” says Alice.
“She supported me through every step of my business. She was there on my launch day, standing by my side, and we’ve been through so much together.”
Alice reflects on the importance of her TAFE studies to her career.
“TAFE definitely trains you up to be ready for whatever life throws at you. And they really help you push your boundaries.”
Another fashion retailer who found success after TAFE is Lauren Holland, the creator of Joli Boutique on Racecourse Road in Brisbane. Lauren has fond memories of her time with Carol.
“I’ve always loved more the retail aspect of fashion. I’m not very good at sewing so Carol was really good at helping me. I probably spent more time unpicking than sewing. She’s very patient!”
If you have a passion for fashion and want to kick start, enhance or change careers, then jump online to learn more about TAFE and the courses on offer!