Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Designs Heat Up Runway; High School Art Teacher Wins Prize

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Designs Heat Up Runway; High School Art Teacher Wins Prize

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Byline: Tom Gillespie tom.gillespie@thechronicle.com.au

A HIGH school art teacher has become the toast of Toowoomba's fashion scene, after creating the winning design at the Stepping Out Winter Glamour Runway.

Centenary Heights State High School teacher Jodi Robinson took home the Emerging Designer Award at the event at Rumours International.

Her retro-inspired dress, modelled by Jade Moffatt, wowed the judges on Saturday night.

Ms Robinson admitted she had no experience in fashion, saying she decided to take part to try something new.

"I don't have any background in the fashion industry - I'm an art teacher," she said.

"I encourage my students to try different avenues so you know what you might have skills in.

"I thought, I've never done this before so I'd have a go and I enjoyed it."

Ms Robinson said her piece was inspired by nostalgia, particularly old blankets.

"I can't knit, I can't crochet so I thought back to winter and retro winter blankets that everyone could remember nostalgically," she said. …

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