Brisbane fashion designer Claire Goldsworthy is off to Europe thanks to a Qld Goverment initiative aimed at assisting young tradespeople to gain further training abroad.

Goldsworthy, 25, received the Queensland Overseas Foundation (QOF) scholarship from Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley AC this week and said the scholarship would give her the opportunity to pursue her dream of gaining work experience and business knowledge from boutique and major fashion houses and labels in London, Berlin, Milan, Paris and Antwerp. 

“It is an amazing opportunity to gain knowledge I would not have been able to access without the support of the foundation,” she said.

“In my industry it’s important to keep up with global fashion trends and I have always been interested in European techniques including Italian craftsmanship and textile work in Berlin.

“I’m really looking forward to gaining inspiration from overseas and letting that influence my own label, and so I can bring new skills back to Queensland.”

Queensland Overseas Foundation chair Rebecca Hall said the scholarships would benefit Queensland industries in the long term.

“Since 1976 we have helped over 100 Queenslanders pursue their dream of working overseas knowing they will bring their skills back home and offer considerable benefit to our industries,” Ms Hall said.

“Some of our previous winners include Megan Todd who has successfully started her own handbag label Knots and Knits since returning and also Leo Primus whose overseas experience helped him contribute to Queensland construction as a Development Manager at AV Jennings.

“This is an invaluable opportunity for the scholarship recipients but also for the communities they return to.”

Claire Goldsworthy currently runs her own label Harriette Hill in Brisbane, focusing on producing one-off unique and quirky pieces, and has started her own fashion event management company Emerge.

She was among four young Queensland apprentices to be given the opportunity to live and work overseas by Queensland Overseas Foundation, a voluntary non-profit organisation.