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Beyond the Bale : March 2014
2013 Wool4Skool® competition winner Sophie Aylward with Jonathan Ward and her winning design being modelled. FAST FACTS l The Year 10 winner of the 2013 Wool4Skool® competition Sophie Aylward has had her design brought to life by leading Australian fashion designer Jonathan Ward. l Sophie, Jonathan and the winning dress found themselves smiling in front of the camera for Girlfriend magazine, with a double page feature printed in the magazine's January edition. l Registrations for the 2014 competition are now open, which has the theme '50 years of fashion'. Wool4Skool® dresses up For many young Australians interested in fashion, a magazine photoshoot of their designs is a pipe dream. Add to the mix the opportunity to meet one of Australia's most recognised fashion designers -- who has created a real garment from one of your design sketches -- and this is what budding young fashion designers merely dream of. But this dream came true for Sophie Aylward, the 16-year-old Kinross Wolaroi School student who was the Year 10 winner of AWI's 2013 Wool4Skool® competition. Part of Sophie's prize was to meet R.M. Williams designer Jonathan Ward, and see how he had brought her winning sketch to life as it was elegantly modelled for a photoshoot featured in Girlfriend magazine's January edition. "This prize has been amazing; it was so wonderful to come down here and see Grace in my dress," Sophie said. "I was speechless to see how my drawings on the page had been made into a real dress like that -- it looks amazing and I'm so happy with it. It was pretty exciting when I saw it in the pages of Girlfriend." Sophie was one of the 1100 school students who entered the Wool4Skool® competition in 2013, where students were challenged with the task of designing an 24 OFF-FARM March 2014 BEYOND THE BALE