Every year Auckland University of Technology and their Fashion Design department shows off the work of some of their top final year students in their "Rookie" show. Collections from the young designers have their privileged moment on the runway in front of local industry. Not only is it an amazing platform for there work, but it has been the launchpad for many graduates careers - Sam Hickey who showed his menswear collection in the 2010 Rookie show was snapped up by Huffer soon afterwards. I was lucky enough to be included in last years show, as were many of my close friends, and it was the most satisfying end to what is an at times arduous degree. The response from the local industry is always such an encouraging reward to both students and tutors.
Naturally I'm excited to see the work of this years students - many of whom we have helped and followed throughout their studies - a selection of whom were picked to show this Thursday night. I absolutely recommend buying tickets to this years AUT Rookie show as there are still some left. It's a valuable opportunity to see the work of the freshest crop of local talent - and designers who will surely go on to even bigger things both here and overseas. It's also a great event to attend if you're still uncertain about what you might want to study after school - showing what can be achieved with talent and determination.
Buy your Rookie 2012 tickets here!
Below are some of my favourite collections that will be on the runway on Thursday night.
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