By Jasmine Wallis
In partnership with Wool4School
Sara Regan is all going, going, going
We all remember that Harry Styles Vogue cover shoot, law? The idol detonates a blue balloon while wearing a Gucci lace dress that ‘broke the internet‘. Well, the iconic cover was designed by Harry lambert.
Harry Lambert’s sneaky reference is how I find out that this year‘s Wool4School the winner is a stan Harry Styles. âI think my biggest dream is to design for Harry Styles,â Sara Regan tells me.
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Like most 17-year-old girls, Sara listens to the former boy band member while studying for her next exams. The difference? Sara has also been recognized as a member of Generation Z‘the brightest talents in fashion design.
For nearly a decade, the Woolmark Company, an Australian non-profit organization that champions the wool industry, hosted its annual Wool4School conference student design competition. Since 2012, the Wool4School program has involved more than 100,000 students around the world and brings them to think innovatively about one of our biggest exports – and one of our most sustainable fabrics – wool.
With the Woolmark Company describing itself as “the world authority on wool â, he wants young designers to reinvent our future with 100% natural, biodegradable and sustainable resources as the material of choice.
We know Gen Z is more considerate on the environment than past generations, and Sara notes that she enjoyed working with the ecological fiber.
“Wool is suitable for many different environments. That he‘rain or shine, it has all of these forms of protection to make you feel safe, âshe said over the phone.
“I also found it very interesting how you can transform the fibers into wool as well. You can transform it into dress pants, a very nice jacket or a warm blanket. I guess that’s the point of my outfit too. It’s transformable, you can do whatever you want with it.
Sara‘s “The transformable winning design is a collection called Go! Go! Go. With this year‘s The Wool4School theme being ‘Wool on the go‘, Sara has reinvented a modern uniform for design students moving around the city center.
The outfit includes a convertible coat, bag and pants as well as a 100% merino wool knit sweater. To look like it‘s straight out of a Hunger games film, the collection is as futuristic as it gets.
There are pockets made from recycled plastic bottles and a card holder integrated into the sleeve on a retractable drawstring, perfect for those of us looking for cards deep in our tote bags. The merino wool coat has removable sleeves, which can be transformed into a vest for our always unpredictable climate.
I ask the student at Swinburne Senior Secondary College where her inspiration for the innovative collection came from.
“My friends and I all do folio topics. When the brief said to follow a sustainable mode of transportation, I thought, well, my friends and I take all public transportation and that drastically reduces emissions. Why not create a comfortable outfit for my friends and I to go to school while wearing all of our folios? “
The irony of Sara working on a switchable design project during the pandemic when we‘don’t commute all over is‘t lost on it.
“I only started using public transport full time at the beginning of last year! I don’t have much experience with public transport either, so I kind of gave it a try.
With the 17-year-old creating a “blank canvas â, unisex, almost uniform collection, this seems like a fitting winner in a year where we have no idea what the future will look like. Just like Sara‘collection, we‘we all feel like a blank canvas in our own way, wondering what‘s next.
Like most young people, Sara is‘t too worried about the current state of the fashion industry because she‘is determined to create its own version.
“The future of fashion is sustainable. In the kind of society that we‘re in now I hope so too‘s inclusive for everyone, regardless of sexuality, gender, body size. I really try to encourage this with everyone.
Our conversation returns to the designers from whom Sara finds inspiration.
“I’m not really inspired by specific designers. I’m more inspired by stylists and the way they use the products they‘re given. I‘I’m specifically inspired by Harry Lambert and how he uses sustainability, but also speaks to the end user to feel comfortable and happy in themselves while pushing the limits.
The genre-fluid that breaks boundaries Vogue the blanket comes to mind when I realize that the Woolmark Company was right in choosing Sara Regan to be Australia‘s next brilliant fashion designer.
I ask Sara if there is‘it’s something else than her‘I would like to add.
“I hope Harry Lambert will read Fashion magazine. “
To learn more about The Woolmark Company, visit here.