Bachelor of Fashion (Design and Technology), Year One student Rosa Pili moved to Invercargill from Auckland to study at SIT. Having completed a Certificate qualification with Sewtec Fashion Academy, she was looking to take her fashion studies to the next level.

“I had heard from a current student how amazing the environment was and how the tutors were approachable and made you feel really comfortable”.

Moving to the opposite end of the country is no small thing and despite feeling homesick at times, Rosa has settled into her course and living in Invercargill, which she says is made easier by the friendliness of Southland locals.

“The courses in Auckland are so expensive so SIT’s Zero Fees Scheme makes it much easier for me to continue studying, especially undertaking a full three-year degree”.

Having some of her friends move down with her and also enrol in the Bachelor of Fashion (Design and Technology) has helped with the transition, and recently Rosa and four of her classmates got together to perform both a Samoan, and Tongan dance at SIT’s Pasifika Open Night, designing and sewing their own costumes for the event. With only three days to pull their outfits together, the girls looked at what was trending in the Pacific Fashion industry and came up with their own concept, which was a fantastic addition to their dance performance.

Now in her second year of the fashion degree, Rosa loves that despite having classes each day, there is no ‘typical’ day in the life of a fashion student. “Every day is different, we might be researching, pattern making, working with photoshop or working on our mini collections”.

Rosa and the other nine students in her class are currently working on mini collections to be entered and on show at the 2018 Hokonui Fashion Design Awards, which take place from 27-28 July in Gore. With fantastic events and fashion focused trips away encouraging, inspiring and getting their creative juices flowing, Rosa recounts last year’s excursion to see stage show and musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

“We got to go so we could get a close up look at the types of costumes created and worn in a major production, especially one with such flamboyant and exciting outfits as Priscilla!”

With trips to Dunedin for iD Dunedin Fashion Week next month and to Auckland for New Zealand Fashion Week at the end of August, Rosa and her classmates can’t wait to see what’s on show and gather up as much knowledge and inspiration as they can.

Rosa’s mini collection is still in its infancy but she says it is based on things she has dreamt. Still researching, she is looking forward to putting together her two full outfits and bringing the final designs off the page and into tangible reality.

With Rosa’s long term plans involving one day having her own fashion label, she is happy working her way towards her goal one day at a time while studying at SIT.

“The best thing about studying at SIT is how encouraging the tutors are. They are so supportive and go above and beyond to help you, even if it is not something directly related to your coursework. I would absolutely recommend studying the Bachelor of Fashion (Design and Technology) to anyone looking at studying at SIT”!


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