The Choo Fits for Curtin Student
Curtin University design student, Mallory Maduka-Ike, will have the chance to follow in the stylish footsteps of Professor Datuk Jimmy Choo after winning a 12 month mentorship with the iconic shoe designer at Fashion Tank presented by Hawaiian and Curtin University last Friday morning.
Mallory was one of ten Curtin University design students, past and present, to pitch their original designs and brand concepts to the Fashion Tank judging panel. The panel; Professor Datuk Jimmy Choo, designer Ilizia Ho, Ae'lkemi designer Alvin Fernandez, Hawaiian Director Kate O'Hara and Curtin's Design and Art lecturer Anne Farren, recognised the young designer's innovation in the design process.
Education has become a strong focus for the shoe designer saying "I feel very proud to follow my father's tradition and share my skill and knowledge. I am grateful for the opportunity to pass it on to a young designer such as Mallory who is following her passion for the craft."
Humbled upon hearing Professor Choo announce her name, Mallory could only manage "I am in shock. Thank you, thank you so much." in response to having this once in a life time opportunity.
As well as the 12 month mentorship with the world renowned designer, Mallory along with Kelsey Ashe and Chanelle Gibbs, the second and third prize winners, will have the opportunity to exhibit their designs at both Claremont Quarter and Carillon City.
Both Claremont Quarter and Carillon City's exhibitions of all three prize winners will take place later this year.