Courtney Harper

Courtney Harper – Fashion Design Year Four

Courtney is the 2014 winner of the Australasian Graduate of the Year Award (AGOTYA)

“I researched fashion colleges in Auckland and was advised by a prominent designer that Whitecliffe was the best choice due to its industry recognition,” says Year Four Fashion Design student Courtney Harper.

At fourteen she began experimenting with the creation of her own clothes and, from then, she knew fashion design was the path she wanted to pursue.

The balance of creative freedom and theoretical teaching is one of the things she values most highly about Whitecliffe. Her greatest achievements so far have been the presentation of three end-of-year collections.

“I enjoy the entire process of developing ideas, doing the research, translating concepts into designs, and then bringing them to life in tangible, wearable forms.

Courtney says the process has extended her mind and technical abilities and developed her design aesthetic and philosophy.

“Also, being the driver of my own work has forced me to improve my time management and organisational skills.”

Courtney Harper