Millicent Elizabeth designer Tiffany Stuckey is a finalist in the inaugural Premier’s Design Award.

In its first year, the award sees five final year TAFE SA students paired with South Australia’s leading designers, who will mentor the five finalists as part of a 10-week project.

The finalists submitted detailed illustrations and are currently working on a brief to design a womenswear collection incorporating 70 per cent supplied fabric and 30 per cent of their own choosing.

As one of the chosen five, Stuckey is being mentored by Adelaide designer stalwart Sally Phillips and is in the running to receive a unique 12-month industry mentoring program covering all aspects of the fashion industry including strategy, sourcing, design and marketing.

Editor Lauren Zwaans chats with the designer about working with Phillips, her design aesthetic and plans for her label.

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TUS: Congratulations on being selected as a finalist in the Premier’s Design Award! How do you feel and what do you hope to get out of this opportunity? 

Stuckey: I feel honoured and excited to be a finalist. Having a mentor as talented and experienced as Sally is an amazing opportunity to learn and draw on her knowledge of the industry.

How have you found the TAFE course and how do you hope to apply what you’ve learnt in the years ahead?
The TAFE course has been fantastic in the practical application of design and construction. It’s provided me a foundation which I can build on.

AFF is changing this year! Are you excited about the growth of the fashion industry here in SA and have you identified particular niches or areas of opportunity?
The support of the South Australian Government for this year’s AFF demonstrates the growth and talent in the fashion industry here. It indicates a blossoming industry here which gives graduates great opportunities to stay in SA.

What do you love most about your mentor?
Sally Phillips is an amazing business woman who has built up her brand into a South Australian icon. I love her willingness to share her experience and knowledge with a young designer like myself.

Tell us about your design aesthetic! What can we expect to see from you?
Millicent Elizabeth is founded in minimalism and seek to elevate the everyday with the use of luxe fine fabrics: silk, wool, linen and cotton.

Who are some of your favourite designers?
Alexander Wang, Balenciaga and Stefano Pilati.

Who would you love to have wearing your clothes some day?
Emma Stone or Emma Watson, as they are both strong and independent, stylish women.

Where do you hope to take your career in design in the future?
I hope to expand my label nationally and internationally.


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Modelling agency: Rin Models
Photographer: Che Chorley
Makeup Artist: Marie Elle Makeup