Wooden sunglasses, ocean-inspired designs and the winners of the QueensPlaza Avant Garde Design competion

Hand crafted accessories and wooden glasses are all winners

Thirteen talented students from Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE (MSIT) have captured the attention of judges and been selected as finalists in the 2013 QueensPlaza Avant Garde Design competition.

The competition, open to current fashion and millinery students or those who have graduated in the last 12 months, had the QueensPlaza team shortlisting 16 entries out of 36 submissions.

The designs that were shortlisted showcased the experimental and innovative ideas that push the boundaries of the status quo and give the fashion-forward individualistic look that Avant Garde is known for.

Ocean Beauty

Dinosaur DesignsOcean collection of rings, bracelets and necklaces are crafted from resin to resemble shells and seaweed in sea blues, sandy tones and bright coral hues. From RRP$50 to RRP$1140. Dinosaur Designs’ only Brisbane store is at Wintergarden, city.


Wear the wooden sunglasses

For a quirky take on a fashion staple, Three Twigs introduces sunglasses with a twist. With a focus on originality and sustainability, the sunglasses frame is handcrafted from quality woods such as bamboo, tigerwood and ebony. RRP$149.


Outer limits

Metropolitan South Institute of Tafe students Ahlatt Lumyang, 20, of Mt Gravatt, and Rachelle Leocadio, 28, from Taringa each have a foot in the fashion field after winning this year’s QueensPlaza Avant Garde Design competition and scoring a two-week internship at designer Akira Isogawa’s Sydney studio later this year. Lumyang’s design, called Immure Fantasy (featured), was inspired by the alien-like architecture of Dubai while Leocadio’s project explored the use of unusual materials such as plastic clothes hangers.


Accessories like bracelets, earrings and sunglasses all add to ‘that look’.  What accessories do you like to wear to create your own look?