I first met Sarah Stravrow when a good friend of mine had started studying at The Fashion Institute in its earliest days, and asked if I’d come along to the launch party at its beautiful building on Crown St in Surry Hills. That was a little less than two years ago. When I sat down to catch up with Miss Sarah last week, neither of us could get our heads around how much the Institute has grown in that time. As a student in limbo between lecture theatres and the real deal, I can definitely relate to Sarah’s search for something more, starting out in an industry that is often hard to crack, and (of course) is surrounded by a bubble-cloud-hybrid of misconceptions and glamourised myths.
I’ve heard it from every side you can: the students, the teachers, Nikki (in all her worldly PR multi-tasking), and Sarah the Boss Lady, and I’m going to put it out there – tertiary educational institutions take note, because there’s nothing more valuable than learning on the job, and there’s nothing more engaging than a range of teachers who live their students’ dream job on a daily basis, and the thrill of learning on the job. It also helps that The Fashion Institute’s Crown St location is absolutely stunning to the point that I’d happily get the train into Central and work in the corner under a beautiful chandelier or two any day.
But alas I’ve said too much – make sure you watch our little video for the full low-down and even more at their website.
Had I graduated a year later from high school, The Fashion Institute’s experience-based curriculum would definitely have been more than a passing thought for hitting the runway running. But on that note, a heads up – I may or may not be teaching in the coming semesters, so if you’re around or keen, see you there!