Teenage South Australian Fashion Finalist Stuns With Handmade Ballgown

The Apex Australia Teenage Fashion Awards gives local students like Ana Samaras the opportunity to design, manufacture, and model their own designs!

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Last Sunday saw the South Australian Teenage Fashion Awards happen and one talented South Australian contestant won big at the event.

The Apex Australia Teenage Fashion Awards (AATFA) gives young fashionistas the opportunity to design, manufacture and model their own designs. Students like Ana Samaras combine their practical and creative abilities to create unique pieces that fit in a series of categories before the national finals.

Contestants can win these categories: Casual Wear, Formal Wear, Society & Environment, or Wearable Art, with other prizes awarded to the Designer of the Year, Creative Designer of the Year, and the Photographic Fashion Award.

Ana created a beautiful ballgown for the Formal Wear category that covers clothing created for balls, gala events, graduation ceremonies and evening wear. With her trusty Bernina B720 sewing machine, Ana produced a dress we can only say is inspired by other famous Adelaide designers like Paolo Sebastian.

Electrifying dusty pink colours resonate throughout Ana’s garment, creating a glamorous and high fashion runway look. At floor length, a multi-layered, baby pink frilled, ostrich feathered dramatic detachable train cascades down to reveal a gorgeous cocktail skirt, complementing the hand-beaded, tamboured embroidered body suit.

The sleeves are accented with delicate beading and feathers, while covered buttons and scattered crystals emphasise the sheer back detail. The detachable embellished cuffs evoke the grandeur of the outfit, adding the final touch of elegance to the garment.

Ana wanted to create a garment that could give the wearer options. Her creation can be worn at a formal event or cocktail party, fitting seamlessly between the two by simply detaching the train. Ana chose pastel pinks for the colour’s feminine touch, while using crystals to add a touch of glamour.

The AATFA wants to create a pathway for young students to begin the next phase of their career, where they cultivate relationships that provide a network of opportunities. If you’re seriously considering a future in fashion or if you know any budding creatives, then check out the AATFA requirements here.

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