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NTeen Fashion Festival

Talented young designers proved the Territory has style at the annual NTeen Fashion Festival last month.

Participants aged 13-19 and school classes created garments across a range of categories, including formal wear, casual wear, environmental and wearable art.

The winners and runners up of each category will represent the NT at the Apex Australia Teenage Fashion and Arts Youth Festival in Melbourne next month.

Good Shepherd Lutheran College student Dana Carroll, 15, took out second place in the formal wear category. She had a chat with Off The Leash about her experience.

What was the inspiration behind the dress?
A male peacock – I have always loved their showiness, their bright colours and the beauty of their tail feathers. I also love how they are classy, elegant, and confident.
What did you learn along the way?
I have certainly learnt lots – how to sew a dress, what tulle is, how different colours can go well together. I’ve learnt patience, time management, attention to detail and precision.
How did it feel to see it strutting down the runway?
As I was walking down the runway, I, surprisingly, didn’t actually get butterflies. I felt a surge of adrenaline take over me and I felt that I could show off my design and my creation to people who would actually appreciate it and understand the time and effort that is put into them. I felt confident and like I had certainly shocked the crowd and made an impression that would last. 

NTeen Fashion Festival 2018 Winners

Wearable Art
Leading Design: Denique Stewart - NT Young Designer of the Year (Darwin High School)
Runner Up: Georgina Trindorfer (Centralian Middle School)
Casual Wear
Leading Design: Maneeza Rahmany (Darwin High School)
Runner Up: Gemma Antonino (The Essington International School Darwin)
Formal Wear
Leading Design: Maneeza Rahmany (Darwin High School)
Runner Up: Dana Carroll (Good Shepherd Lutheran College)
Society & Environment
Leading Design: Jayhannah Trindorfer (Centralian Senior Secondary College)
Runner Up: Grace Doherty (Darwin Middle School)
Image: Dana Carroll, Runner Up, Formal Wear
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