Nicole Wesseling - Fashion Design Year Three
“I enjoy the challenge to complete collections while studying. Working towards a runway show is a lot of pressure, but it’s fulfilling and the industry exposure is invaluable,” says third-year Fashion student Nicole Wesseling.
Fashion demands both creativity and practicality. “The business and arts papers add depth to the course,” Nicole says.
Industry experience is vital. Nicole had the opportunity to work at New York Fashion Week after winning the Newmarket Young Designer Competition in 2009; She has also worked at New Zealand Fashion Week; a compulsory requirement during her second year at Whitecliffe. She has also been an intern at both Taylor and Kate Sylvester.
Whitecliffe’s close-knit environment means there’s always a tutor nearby to answer questions, say Nicole.
“And all the students meet when studying together in first year. The friendships and creative input from students outside of your major really help. The local Parnell cafés are a great place to socialise when you need a break.”