Annie Liao wins national Wool4School competition

Annie Liao with her designs

Annie Liao with her designs

By Mick Bunworth, Communications Manager

Radford?s Annie Liao has won the national Wool4School competition, which attracted a record 12,000 entries.

An initiative of Australian Wool Innovation Limited, Wool4School invites students to incorporate the versatility of wool fabrics into garment designs.

This year's theme of 'dress your favourite sports team' offered students a chance to come up with designs that were not just creative, but also practical.

While students were not required to physically make their designs, they did have to illustrate and carefully describe the textiles used in their work.

Annie designed an Australian equestrian team uniform. She receives a cash prize and the honour of seeing her award-winning design turned into reality by leading Australian designer Jonathan Ward.

It was art lessons at the age of seven that inspired Annie?s love of drawing. While she no longer studies art, she read about the Wool4School competition online during the holidays and thought the task set for entrants was both interesting and challenging.

Annie says she?s only ridden a horse once, many years ago, so her design was informed by plenty of research online, including watching videos of past Olympic equestrian events.

She said her guiding principle was to design something she would want to wear if she was competing.

?I (also) wanted something colourful that would make the Australian team stand out. So there are symbols in the design that represent different Australian things. The colours for example, you can see them in cockatoos in Australia,? Annie said.

She is looking forward to meeting Jonathan Ward and seeing what her award-winning design will look like.

?I still can?t really believe it?s actually going to happen. His work is really amazing. We get to go to Sydney for a day and have a photo shoot with a model wearing the outfit.?

Annie Liao's equestrienne outfit

Wool4school judge, teacher Katrina Wheaton said of the winning Year 10 design: ?the overall presentation of Annie's entry was excellent. Her mood board strongly reflected the Aussie team spirit as well as the mood and elegance of her chosen sport. Her final outfit echoed the inspiration shown in her mood board. She demonstrated a fresh and fluid fashion illustration style and her designs were clearly annotated highlighting just the key aspects without 'over' annotating. Annie's Wool4School entry was well conceived with each aspect of the criteria met to a very high standard. She clearly understands how wool can work within many designs.?

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