Since 2011, the SunSmart team at Cancer Council WA has partnered with Perth universities and technical colleges to produce a SunSmart garment, showing how sun protection and style can go hand in hand.
2017 is the third year of our partnership with fashion students at Curtin University, who took up the challenge to design a fashionable garment for young people that not only looked great but offered excellent sun protection. The winning design has been manufactured and will be made available for sale to the public.
The project dispels the myth that protecting your skin from overexposure to UV rays means compromising on fashion, and also encourages fashion designers to incorporate sun-protective elements into their designs.
This year’s winning design (pictured left and right) is by Aqeela Isaacs. The garment features sun-protective design elements such as a high neckline and long sleeve, and is made of a very high UV protective fabric. It can also be worn with a hooded vest for additional sun protection. See the video below from this year’s launch at Ruck Rover.
Previous winning SunSmart garments are shown below. Congratulations to our past winners (l-r) Gracen Woodcock (2016), Emma Watson (2015), Lauren Willems, Silvia Dzemail and Cassandra Pittard (2014), Kristina Tarkova (2013), Nina Grabic (2012) and Damian Pomerantseff (2011).