Buderim fashion student wins prestigious London internship

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PHOTOGRAPHY Brian Geritz: Lakkari Kim's futuristic collection is turning heads.

Futuristic approach to fashion sees Buderim student win prestigious London internship

With her designs turning heads and winning awards for their innovative and sustainable approach to fashion, Lakkari Kim is triumphant having won a coveted three month internship with renowned designer Karl Donoghue in London.

Ms Kim took out the honours at the TAFE Queensland East Coast Vemodalen fashion show at the Good Bar last night showcasing graduating students’ inspiring design collections.

Still buzzing having just won the internship, Ms Kim said she had no idea what she was going to do after graduating, but now has the ultimate experience to gain from.

“I’ve only been overseas once for schoolies, so I’m massively excited,” she said.

“I’ve never been anywhere in Europe before so it should be amazing.”

“I want to thank my family for helping me and putting up with me and our amazing teachers for staying back and helping us all so much. They’ve been a HUGE help.”

With a passion for sustainability, Lakkari makes all her own printed fabrics often with different designs on each side to repurpose them.

For this collection she took inspiration from a previous assignment, loving its bright colours and mix of patterns while incorporating her trademark use of geometric shapes to create a contemporary look.

‘‘I love what I do and can’t wait to continue to be adventurous with my designs and share them with the world,” Ms Kim said.

On her interest in fashion, Lakkari said she’s always been passionate about creating and drawing things and first started developing her sense of style when she began sewing in year seven at school.

“I guess my fashion style is kind of girly, but with an edgy unique look,” she said.

Since starting fashion studies Lakkari credited TAFE with its hands on approach and developed an interest in designing and making formal wear. She hopes to one day have her own international, working toward that goal in Australia first.

“At TAFE you get a lot of really great hands on experience and actually do stuff you’d do out in the industry, rather than just learning the theory. So you go out to industry rand not actually knowing how to do it.”

Ms Kim was joined by three of her graduating class Alex Goble, Beck Wass and Joss Horner who each showcased stunning examples of unique fashion design techniques with more than 200 family friends, supporting retailers supporting retailers, family and friends.

“Each student we have sent to Karl has had their individual strengths and I think it’s fantastic that Lakkari has been able to win such a unique experience and snap this up in support of her career,” fashion teacher TAFE Queensland East Coast Amanda Knights said.

“Karl said as long as we keep sending him amazing students, he will keep open the offer of the internships.”

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