Australian Sheep and Wool Show: The creators

TWO Bendigo Senior Secondary College textile and fashion students relished the chance to work with a top stylist on runway events at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show.

Abbey Bolton and Lulu Storm, year 12 VET fashion students, worked with stylist Franco Schifilliti to produce two fashion shows last Friday.

Another nine students were chosen to help the fashion and management team, after undergoing a selection process, which involved an application letter and an interview.

Abbey, who was head dresser, wants to pursue a career in fashion and said the experience had been invaluable.

“All week we’ve been styling with Franco organising the collection and today I’m making sure the models are in line and dressed properly,” she said.

“It was a lot of pressure, but really enjoyable.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to get in to and after today it’s encouraged me even more to follow it as a career.”

Abbey said working with Mr Schifilliti had been “lots of fun”.

“He really knows what he is doing,” she said.

“He is really good at what he does and it’s an inspiration.”

Mr Schifilliti has been involved in fashion all his working life.

He was an advertising stylist with Myer before opening his own business 12 years ago.

He said the girls had shown plenty of promise in their first runway show.

“They’ve been amazing,” he said.

“They didn’t know what to expect when they came in – what goes on behind a major event like this, how much time it takes, the attention to detail that I put in to make sure that it all looks good.”

Mr Schifilliti encouraged the students to pursue a future in fashion.

“I think they’ve learnt a lot from this and maybe it might encourage some of them to go down the path of maybe what I do or fashion design.”

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