Wollongbar TAFE fashion design student Wendy Puglisi of Ballina with fellow student Imogen Murphy wearing one of Wendy’s creations.
Wollongbar TAFE fashion design student Wendy Puglisi of Ballina with fellow student Imogen Murphy wearing one of Wendy’s creations. Jacklyn Wagner

Fashion student chases a dream

DETERMINATION and talent are the hallmarks of success and Wendy Puglisi has both in spades.

The fashion design student from Wollongbar TAFE has been offered a work placement with Collette Dinnigan, one of Australia's most celebrated fashion designers.

"When I first tried to secure a placement, the design house told me it was a really busy time, but I persisted and they eventually agreed to take me on in September," she said. "I really love Dinnigan's use of lace and silk and the detail in her work, so the work placement is the most exciting news I've received in a long time."

The 42-year-old mother of four says she has had to overcome a few obstacles in order to follow her dream of becoming a fashion designer.

"There are times when I've felt very pressured and wondered if I should stop studying and get a full-time job, but I believe it's important to follow your dreams and what you are good at in life," she said.

Clearly, Wendy is on the right career path, with a boutique in Ballina already stocking her designs.

"I'm also designing Year 12 formal dresses and will start designing wedding dresses soon," she said.

Wendy's grandmother, Joyce Evans of Goonellabah, taught Wendy to sew when she was just 10 and instilled in her a love for dressmaking.

"My grandmother is my inspiration and is driving me now," Wendy said.

"Every one of Nanna's hemlines had to be perfect. She set herself high standards and she has passed them on to me. I like to think that I'm keeping her legacy alive."



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