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Jenny has designs on career in fashion


Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College Year 12 student Jenny Lee has shown Australia she is very much ‘on trend’ after claiming the top prize in this year’s Wool4School competition.

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Designing for rapper, singer-songwriter CL, Jenny’s winning design comprised high-waisted wool denim jeans, a bodysuit, fishnet tights and voluminous skirt which can be turned into an umbrella – the perfect stage accessory.

As the winner of the Year 12 section, Jenny receives a scholarship to the Whitehouse Institute of Design at either its Sydney or Melbourne campus, where she will study a Bachelor of Fashion Design. Other prizes include the choice of either a Bernina sewing machine or overlocker to the value of $1500 to support her design studies.

Surprised by her success, Jenny said it just reinforced that you should never give up on a dream Growing up she had always wanted to pursue a career in design but was continually told that “fashion isn’t going to pay your bills”.

However, earlier this year she had the opportunity to attend a presentation by former CBC student Paul Vasileff, now a talented designer and owner of Paolo Sebastian. His story provided Jenny with the inspiration and motivation to enter the Wool4School competition.

“As a Creative Arts student, it feels extraordinary to be recognised for the work I achieve outside my STEM subjects. This is also a great way to inspire other students pursuing a career in the visual arts and to reassure them that as long as they exert energy and try hard, anything is achievable,” she said.

Wool4School is an annual competition in which students from Years 7 to 12 can put their innovative and creative skills to the test by designing an outfit using at least 80 per cent Australian Merino wool.

Whitehouse Institute of Design founder Leanne Whitehouse said Jenny’s entry demonstrated her “exceptional talent” in drawing and fashion design.

“Her fashion knowledge and creative approach to this design competition showed maturity and enormous fashion flair,” she said.

“Jenny’s understanding of the many amazing properties of wool textiles was successfully addressed in her contemporary dress design and her design of her fashion accessories.”

Two students from St Dominic’s Priory College also featured in the prize winners list. Isabelle Tran was the winner of the Year 7 section, while Cindy Kieu took honours in the Year 11 group.

To see this year’s winning entries go to



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