• Fashion Design Studio

About Us

Formerly known as East Sydney Tech, the Fashion Design Studio, now located at Ultimo TAFE, is reknowned for its innovation and creativity. It is internationally recognised & considered to be the Premier Fashion Design Institute in Australia. It is also one of the leading schools worldwide.
The Fashion Design Studio steadily holds a strong reputation for the design and production of original, inspired and modern fashion, & its graduate success speaks for itself. With an alumni reading more like a list of the Who’s Who of Australian fashion, it includes designers such as:

  • Akira Isogawa
  • Alex Perry
  • Nicky Zimmermann
  • Lisa Ho
  • Michelle Jank
  • Ginger & Smart designer Genevieve Smart
  • Romance Was Born designers Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett
  • Dion Lee
  • Karla Spetic
  • Dylan Cooper
  • Janet Patterson – four time Academy Award Nominee – Costume Design

With a committed staff of industry experts, the school trains students in design, illustration, couture, tailoring, pattern cutting and construction, styling, CAD and fabric design and printing. The teaching methods give the students the necessary skills to gain employment in the fast paced fashion industry.
It is the only fashion institution in Australia to secure a placement within Australia’s most prestigious annual fashion event, Mercedes Benz Australian Fashion Week, which it has held since 1999. Year after year this show manages to wow the crowds with the talent of the previous year’s graduates selected to showcase their work in The Innovators parade.

The Fashion Design Studio is a member of IFFTI (International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes) and has partnerships with Design Institutes in India, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Sweden, France and the United States. This gives final year students the opportunity to go on to a fourth year overseas and gain an international Degree qualification. In addition, the college has many industry alliances in both the fashion & textile design & printing industres enabling students to not only gain valuable on the job training, but also positioning themselves at the forefront of the job seeking market.