THE Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival Young Designer of the Year Jessica Munroe is still on cloud nine after the 2016 event and hopes her win will encourage others to follow their dreams.
Ms Munroe, the Indrah Swimwear founder and designer, said she had received so much positive feedback on her collection after it was showcased on the October 22 catwalk.
"It was an incredible night,” Ms Munroe said.
"Presenting my designs on the catwalk was a great feeling of accomplishment.
"It felt natural to create a swimwear label where I could combine my love of the ocean and creative talent into a business.
"I had drawn up designs and made the decision to dive into the world of entrepreneurship in 2015.
"It takes dedication, self-belief, hard work, persistence and a lot of support from family and friends, all the way through to the local community.”
Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival founder and CEO Jacinta Richmond said Ms Munroe was chosen as Young Designer of the Year because her range was versatile, reversible and offered styles no other swim label offered.
"If Jessica continues to focus on her brand, listen to industry leaders and work hard, she will find great success,” Mrs Richmond said.
Natalie Miller, the 2014 Hall of Fame winner at the prestigious event and owner and designer at holster fashion, said the festival was great for designers to showcase their latest collections to a broad, fashion-focused audience.
"If you are a young designer and ready to take things to the next level, SCFF is a strong platform to gain recognition both locally and nationally,” Ms Miller said.
Ms Munroe and Ms Miller collaborated for the event this year, with runway models showcasing new collections from both designers that took home the award-winning look.
"Collaborating with other like-minded businesses on the Coast is always a step in the right direction and long term can bring exposure to everyone involved,” Ms Miller said.
Ms Munroe hopes Indrah Swimwear will be a locally recognised brand for quality and beautifully designed pieces and would love to see her swimwear in local boutiques and then in stores Australia-wide.
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