Since 2011, the SunSmart team at Cancer Council WA has partnered with Perth universities and technical colleges to produce a SunSmart garment, showing how to incorporate sun protective elements into fashion design.
2019 marked the fifth year of partnership with fashion students at Curtin University, who took up the challenge to design a fashionable garment for young people that combined style with excellent sun protection. The winning design has been manufactured and is currently available for sale at Ruck Rover in Northbridge.
The winning design for 2019 is by Abby Telfer
It features sun protective design elements such as a high neckline and elbow-length sleeves, and is made of a very high UV protective fabric.
Abby said “I deliberately designed a simple, elbow-length contemporary dress with clean lines and top stitching that would meet the SunSmart criteria while also appealing to young people”.
Previous winning SunSmart garments are shown below. Congratulations to our past winners (l-r) India Stewart (2018), Aqeela Isaacs (2017), Gracen Woodcock (2016), Emma Watson (2015), Lauren Willems, Silvia Dzemail and Cassandra Pittard (2014), Kristina Tarkova (2013), Nina Grabic (2012) and Damian Pomerantseff (2011).