Aspiring designer’s ‘surreal’ moment on iconic stage
A TALENTED Sunshine Coast fashion design student lived out a “surreal” dream of having her creations showcased at a world-renowned festival.
Brooke Showers, who is studying multiple fashion diplomas at TAFE Queensland, rubbed shoulders with an international costume designer after being selected to assist in designing and creating a unique puppet for last year’s Woodford Folk Festival.
The 19-year-old poured hours of work into multiple costumes, including a four-metre goatlike puppet displayed in the festival’s closing ceremony.
“I saw it on someone’s Snapchat story and had this proud moment of knowing I helped make that,” she said.
Ms Showers was guided by well-known costume designer, Jozef Koda over two days to create the pieces, sharing his design and fabrication techniques with the admiring student.
Mr Koda’s career began on the Sunshine Coast and was an example of what was possible for the keen student.
“I want to be a costume designer when I graduate … so this was a really big deal for me,” she said.
The budding designer helped body wrap and design a pattern for what they wanted the costume to look like on one puppet, in addition to helping with the construction of the tailpiece of one of the phoenix costumes that also appeared in the ceremony.
Faculty director Angela Lisle said it was an amazing opportunity for Brooke.
“This experience has provided Brooke in particular with the chance to learn from his journey and soak up his incredible knowledge, while giving her the chance to see something she has worked on showcased to thousands of people at an iconic and highly popular event,” she said.