FDS Team

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Andrea Cainero

Head Teacher

Andrea has extensive experience in the Fashion Design Industry.  With a background in design, she also works as a freelance stylist and costume designer.  Having worked mostly in the music industry dressing the likes of Connie Mitchell from Sneaky Sound System, the Hilltops Hoods and Lisa Mitchell, she is most well known for her work as the costume designer for flamboyant electro pop group Empire of the Sun.  She has an eye for detail and brings a flexibility of design to her classes, working towards constantly improving and marketing the Fashion Design Studio.

 
 
 

Janna Madorski

Head Teacher

Janna is a designer and an educator. She has over 10 years of professional experience in the field of design: in the areas of fashion/textile design and information technology. She worked with corporate clients like Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Westin Hotels and the InterContinental Hotels Group, developing signature textile and apparel solutions. She has established her own multimedia company, where she was a creative director for over 4 years.

Janna has also been teaching at the Whitehouse Institute of Design and for the past 12 years at Design Centre Enmore.

Having a European Degree in Engineering, Janna gained qualifications in Fashion Design, Fine Art, and Digital Media from TAFE NSW (formally East Sydney, Sydney Institute of Design) and Design Center Enmore. She was nominated as a finalist in Alexander McQueen’s Smirnoff Design Competition.

Janna holds a Master of Design in Techno Textile from UTS, where she developed an innovative design solution in the area of Biomimicry Design, which is subject to a patent application.

She is passionate about an interdisciplinary design approach, delivering multiple design disciplines across various design qualifications.

 

Laura Washington

Head Teacher

 

Alex

Design

After excelling studying fashion design at both East Sydney National Arts School and at Central St. Martin’s in London, Alex worked as a fashion designer for 6 years designing trend lead pieces and developing contemporary ranges for major Australian brands including Status Symbol, Tarocash, Myers, David Jones and Sportsgirl. He is often called upon to consult within the industry, helping emerging brands to edit their collections and produce fashion shows. His unique designs and styling feature in music videos, fashion magazines, at high profile events and media opportunities. Alex is currently completing an MA in Design at COFA to extend his design education.

Alex has been engaged by some of Australia's most dynamic production companies and all the major Australian Networks (7, 9, 10, ABC & SBS). He has Art Directed television shows since 2005, including Australian Princess, Beauty and the Geek and Australia's Next Top Model.

Alex passes on his understanding and experience of the Fashion Industry and creative process to students at the Design Studio, Ultimo. He is a Senior Lecturer, teaching Fashion History, Creative Fashion Design, Adaptation, and Range Development. He has mentored and nurtured the talent of some of Australia’s top up and coming designers including Dion Lee, Karla Spetic, Michael Lo Sordo and Dylan Cooper, to name but a few.

 
 

Narelle Jordan

Textile Design

Narelle is a textile designer specialising in hand screen-printed, hand dyed and manipulated techniques for fashion fabrics. Narelle graduated with an honours degree in Fashion & Textile Design from UTS and postgraduate qualifications from the Textiles Workshop at the Australian National University where she undertook extensive research into specialised screen printing processes. With over twenty years of experience, Narelle offers students a broad range of innovative and experimental skills in fashion print design and surface decoration.

Raquel Mazzina

Illustration & Fashion Design

Raquel is a practicing artist, her background encompasses both areas of Fashion Design and Fine Arts.

She first studied Fashion Design at East Sydney Technical College TAFE (Advanced Diploma 1991) and worked in the fashion industry until furthering her education in the field of Fine Arts studying at The National Art School, Darlinghurst (Bachelor of Fine Arts 1999).

She has been exhibiting since 1997 in the field of painting and drawing. She has been awarded prizes and the National Art School residency Paris. Residency. Her work is in the Bathurst Regional Gallery and private collections both nationally and internationally.

She has taught over the past 2 decades in the fields of Fashion Design and Fine arts in the areas of design, drawing and painting at The Fashion Design Studio, Enmore Design Centre, St. George (Sydney Institute TAFE) and The National Art School

 

Ameli TAnchitsa

Digital Visualisation & Illustration

Ameli has been teaching ADOBE tools at FDS since 2008. He brings along an extensive industry experience as one of the founding directors of MAD CORTES, multi-award winning Australian Fashion Label 2000-2008.

Having training in both Visual Arts and Computer Graphics, Ameli explores the space where technical precision meets creative visualisation and where two fields complement each other in context of fashion design process.

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Holly Siles

Illustration & Fashion Design

Bachelor Fashion & Textile Design Sydney College of the Arts [now UTS], where she won two national ‘Designer of the Year’ competitions and one runner up award. 

Holly worked in fashion industry as a designer for total of 18 years in a variety of sections within the industry; crossing over from directional daywear, where she was nominated as a finalist in FIA Awards for both daywear and evening wear categories before moving into product development in daywear and then into customised clothing with private clients. 

This broad range of experience has enabled Holly to bring a breadth and depth of knowledge to the classroom as a teacher of fashion design and illustration.

 During her period as a teacher she has won The Premier Scholarship Award, for best teaching practices, which enabled her to spend 5 weeks in New York studying at Fashion Institute of New York, updating her skills in CAD & live fashion drawing, colour theory, history of fashion in the renowned FIT Fashion Museum accessing the archives and visiting Parsons New School of Design and fashion studios of industry icons such as; Ralph Lauren, Theory, Helmut Lang and Alice and Olivi.

 

Kaylene Elizabeth Milner

Fashion Design Foundation

After graduating from the Fashion Design Studio in 2011, Kaylene went on to launch her namesake label at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia. Her focus on artisanal craftsmanship earnt the praise of Australian Designers Akira Isogawa and Alex Perry, who presented Kaylene with the Fashion Future Scholarship to live and work in New York where she gained experience at both Diane Von Furstenberg design studio and Fashion Snoops trend forecasting agency. Upon returning to Australia in 2013, she joined the Fashion Design Studio team as a design teacher.

Kaylene’s love of design is matched equally with her passion for music. She has toured internationally as a trumpeter with jazz and classical groups, drummed in local punk bands, and DJ’d at underground events. A love of music has always infused her design approach and aesthetic, but this was fully realised in 2015 when she launched cult knitwear brand, “WAH-WAH

 

Kam Wong

Technical Assistant

As Technical Assistant – Design I am responsible for liaising with the teachers to organise & prepare all the equipment & materials needed for class practical work according to the course requirements.  I look after the sewing, cutting and pressing equipment so that it is available for use by students, and I establish and maintain the procedures for the safe use of the equipment.  Several time a year I work with the student and staff to organise and run the fashion parades and certificate presentation events.  When time allows, I complete research into the uses of new equipment and the handling of innovative fabrics and accessories.

 

Hilary Davidson

Fashion History

Hilary Davidson is a dress and textile historian and curator. After training as a shoemaker, including Certificate qualifications from TAFE Sydney, she moved to Britain where she achieved an MA in the history of textiles and dress (University of Southampton, 2005). After some years as curator of fashion and decorative arts at the Museum of London, Hilary returned to Sydney, where she is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Sydney, teaches fashion history at TAFE and NIDA, is undertaking a PhD at La Trobe, Melbourne, and is finishing a book on Regency fashion (Yale University Press, 2019). Hilary has published and lectured extensively in her field, including at the University of Cambridge, the University of Glasgow, Central St Martins (University of the Arts London), and the American University, Paris (full publications here) [Janna/Ameli can you put a hyperlink with this URL please https://sydney.academia.edu/HilaryDavidson]. She also sews reconstruction historic clothing as a research practice, meaning she knows her subject inside out, down to the threads.

 

Liz Bryan

Textile CAD, Design Theory and History & Colour Theory.

Liz Bryan is a freelance textile designer and artist. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in Melbourne and Sydney. Her work draws on her visual arts background to create textiles for fashion and furnishings. Liz’s (her) work is known for its intricacy, delicacy and detail.

Liz has a diploma in textile design and development (Tafe), a post graduate diploma in visual arts (VCA) and a bachelor of fine arts with honours (NAS)

 

Litsa

Pattern Making

I have worked in the fashion industry for 14 years, my experience throughout the fashion world was of a patternmaker working for major companies such as Apparel Group (Sports Fashion), Bonds, Depict and Trackmaster.

I have been teaching since 2002 with The Fashion Design Studio department of TAFE, where all my Industrial experiences came to use,  patternmaking, fitting, sewing , fabric cutting, and grading.  I also have been working for the past year with the Fashion Design & Technology department of TAFE.

My experiences working at TAFE is to watch students grow over the years of  studying and knowing I have contributed in some way with their learnings.