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The Social Studio
The Social Studio is a not-for-profit social enterprise providing work and learning opportunities to refugee and new migrant creatives. We are an ECA-accredited manufacturer, socially-conscious retailer and free fashion school, all in one.

Established in 2009, The Social Studio is a recognised leader in arts-based social enterprise. We offer free training in garment-making to people from refugee and new migrant backgrounds through our education partner RMIT, delivering Cert III and pre-accredited programs within a flexible and supportive learning environment.

Our school shares space with our ECA-accredited manufacturing studio, giving students first-hand exposure to the industry as well as the opportunity for paid internships with our talented team of makers. We offer CMT across a range of apparel and homewares products and can also provide additional pattern making, product development and textile design services.

Our online and bricks and mortar retail stores exclusively stock BIPOC makers and brands and is a training and community space for culturally diverse young people. We collaborate with brands and artists across a range of art forms and also create our own in-house label from upcycled and donated fabrics.

All profits from our retail and manufacturing social enterprises support our education programs for refugee and new migrant young people.

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COLLINGWOOD NORTH

Established in 2009, The Social Studio is a recognised leader in arts-based social enterprise. We offer free training in garment-making to people from refugee and new migrant backgrounds through our education partner RMIT, delivering Cert III and pre-accredited programs within a flexible and supportive learning environment.

Our school shares space with our ECA-accredited manufacturing studio, giving students first-hand exposure to the industry as well as the opportunity for paid internships with our talented team of makers. We offer CMT across a range of apparel and homewares products and can also provide additional pattern making, product development and textile design services.

Our online and bricks and mortar retail stores exclusively stock BIPOC makers and brands and is a training and community space for culturally diverse young people. We collaborate with brands and artists across a range of art forms and also create our own in-house label from upcycled and donated fabrics.

All profits from our retail and manufacturing social enterprises support our education programs for refugee and new migrant young people.

VIC
COLLINGWOOD NORTH
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Kangan Institute
Kangan Institute's Creative + Skills Campus, based in Cremorne Victoria, delivers nationally recognised qualifications in Fashion Design, Business and Merchandising.

Located in the heart of Melbourne's fashion precinct, Kangan Institute’s Creative + Skills Campus based in Cremorne, is an exciting innovation hub focused on professional fashion training in Australia.

Our world-class faculty with extensive industry experience and connections cater to the needs of the ever-changing and highly competitive fashion industry, delivering training programs in fashion design and business, millinery, and hair, barbering and beauty.

The boutique campus attracts more than 800 local and international students as well as the industry elite for a range of apprenticeships, certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas through to customised industry programs. We have partnered with leading Australian universities to provide our students with pathways in to higher education.

Students have access to the latest digital technologies in the purpose-built campus including runway facilities, the retail training centre, state-of-the-art textile and manufacturing hub and our hair and beauty training salon.

The rigorously updated curriculum coupled with practical industry-based internships and personalised approach to training provides our graduates with valuable insights into the dynamics of the fashion retail value chain and relevant industry skills to succeed in the industry.

Victoria
Cremorne

Located in the heart of Melbourne's fashion precinct, Kangan Institute’s Creative + Skills Campus based in Cremorne, is an exciting innovation hub focused on professional fashion training in Australia.

Our world-class faculty with extensive industry experience and connections cater to the needs of the ever-changing and highly competitive fashion industry, delivering training programs in fashion design and business, millinery, and hair, barbering and beauty.

The boutique campus attracts more than 800 local and international students as well as the industry elite for a range of apprenticeships, certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas through to customised industry programs. We have partnered with leading Australian universities to provide our students with pathways in to higher education.

Students have access to the latest digital technologies in the purpose-built campus including runway facilities, the retail training centre, state-of-the-art textile and manufacturing hub and our hair and beauty training salon.

The rigorously updated curriculum coupled with practical industry-based internships and personalised approach to training provides our graduates with valuable insights into the dynamics of the fashion retail value chain and relevant industry skills to succeed in the industry.

Victoria
Cremorne
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Ann-Maree Smith
Fashion industry professional and current student at Box Hill Institute studying Cert IV Training and Assessment.
Value the Citizen
Research and education in systemic, circular and sustainable change for the fashion sector

In 2020 Value the Citizen conducted a research project addressing the lack of Australian-based contextualized research in circular design and product development in the fashion sector. As 80% of a products environmental impact is determined at the design phase, and with 88% of Australian apparel manufacture made up of SMEs, this project focused on the design processes and associated business models of fashion SMEs as an influential group for systems change to the linear take/make/waste fashion model widely operating in Australia.
With a core framework of product stewardship and employing design-thinking strategies; the SME’s in this research are building new design processes, new business models and new relationships around circular purpose. The project goal was a visual, communicative and accessible tool that could be distributed widely to stakeholders for education, a pathway for change and leverage for transformative action.
Importantly, the research identified the need for wider stakeholder support for SMEs and larger enterprise in moving to circular and product stewardship approaches. This takes the form of education of the community and industry; legislation and mandating around the collection and disposal of textile waste; and investment in infrastructure and technologies.
This research and the Design Map and Digital Article developed from this project are tools to support the pathway to circularity in the Australian fashion industry; visually storytelling the complex interrelated relationships and strategies of circularity in an Australian fashion context to the diverse stakeholders involved.

WA
Subiaco

In 2020 Value the Citizen conducted a research project addressing the lack of Australian-based contextualized research in circular design and product development in the fashion sector. As 80% of a products environmental impact is determined at the design phase, and with 88% of Australian apparel manufacture made up of SMEs, this project focused on the design processes and associated business models of fashion SMEs as an influential group for systems change to the linear take/make/waste fashion model widely operating in Australia.
With a core framework of product stewardship and employing design-thinking strategies; the SME’s in this research are building new design processes, new business models and new relationships around circular purpose. The project goal was a visual, communicative and accessible tool that could be distributed widely to stakeholders for education, a pathway for change and leverage for transformative action.
Importantly, the research identified the need for wider stakeholder support for SMEs and larger enterprise in moving to circular and product stewardship approaches. This takes the form of education of the community and industry; legislation and mandating around the collection and disposal of textile waste; and investment in infrastructure and technologies.
This research and the Design Map and Digital Article developed from this project are tools to support the pathway to circularity in the Australian fashion industry; visually storytelling the complex interrelated relationships and strategies of circularity in an Australian fashion context to the diverse stakeholders involved.

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Subiaco
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IWANTTOBEAFASHIONBUYER.COM
Launch your career in fashion buying and planning with one of our unique programs. Learn online with live weekly tutorials from industry professionals. We train retailers' buying and planning teams and our network puts you in front of retailers.

With a sister company in the UK, we ensure that all our course materials use the latest global best practice thinking. Our courses wholly relate to the skills and competencies required to work in a buying department, without the constraints of academia. We have three courses to choose from:

• The Essential Buyer's Toolkit - 6 weeks
• The Essential Planner's Toolkit - 6 weeks
• The Ultimate Buying & Planning Launchpad - 6 months

Each program is undertaken online, with weekly live tutorials with industry experts. Students on the Ultimate program work as an intern in a buying office for 1-2 days per week for the duration of the course allowing them to build valuable work-ready skills.

On completion, our students have access to a careers mentor for a six-month period.

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St Kilda

With a sister company in the UK, we ensure that all our course materials use the latest global best practice thinking. Our courses wholly relate to the skills and competencies required to work in a buying department, without the constraints of academia. We have three courses to choose from:

• The Essential Buyer's Toolkit - 6 weeks
• The Essential Planner's Toolkit - 6 weeks
• The Ultimate Buying & Planning Launchpad - 6 months

Each program is undertaken online, with weekly live tutorials with industry experts. Students on the Ultimate program work as an intern in a buying office for 1-2 days per week for the duration of the course allowing them to build valuable work-ready skills.

On completion, our students have access to a careers mentor for a six-month period.

VIC
St Kilda
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