our sponsors

Major Sponsors

Beads and Buttons Galore, High Street, Prahran

In 2004, Francis Whitton and Beads & Buttons Galore made a 5 year commitment to the Costume Diploma students to support their costuming careers by offering a scholarship program each year. The class of 2004 were given the chance to visit India for 3 weeks and to do work placement in the beading industry. Hayley was the winner of that year's scholarship. This year's destination is Vancouver, Canada. Judging of the scholarship is based on the design and construction of one male and one female period costume as well as the Diploma marks and that elusive "X-factor".

Beads and Buttons Galore has a wide variety of beads, buttons and fashion-making accessories andis located in the heart of Australia's fashion capital, Chapel Street precinct, Prahran, Melbourne. Check out their website for on-line shopping and details on their design service as well as classes and workshops.

Swinburne University of Technology, Department of Arts Hospitality and Sciences

Funding by the University's Department of Arts is not guaranteed and we had to produce a comprehensive sponsorship proposal to convince the Director of Arts Hospitality and Sciences, Howard Coats, to donate funds. Over the winter semester break, we were informed by William Winford, Manager of Arts, that it had been decided that Alistair Crozier, Divisional Vice-Chancellor (TAFE) at Swinburne, would donate $5,000 towards our end-of-year show. This is more than we had anticipated and we are most grateful.


LogicalMuse is a boutique web design company which has donated time and expertise to help produce a fantastic website for the costume students this year. Steve Passiouras, Design & Development Director, had also provided services for the previous year's students to publicise their events and people.

Our website has not only provided a place to publish our events, but also a reference site for students wanting to publicise themselves and their work. Many, many thanks to Steve for his time, design expertise and advice.

You can e-mail Steve at .

Other sponsors

Metropolis Book Shop, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne have kindly donated one patternmaking book to raffle off for fundrasing. Thank you Metropolis Books.

Creative Colour Design & Display, 61 -71 Wellington Street, Collingwood have pledged large discounts on mannequins for the exhibition as well as 8 to 10 torso hire free for 3 weeks. Thank you so much Amber at Creative Colour.

Basque tapas bar, 159 Chapel Street, Windsor is sponsoring one of our students her coffee for the remainder of the course! Grateful thanks to Gracie at Basque.

Trimmings 'n' Remnants, 164 Cumberland Road, Pascoe Vale are kindly sponsoring one of our students for her material. Thanks!

Silk Trader, 647 Burwood Road, Hawthorn East, (03) 9882 6555. Many hanks to Rosemary and her team for their offer of discounted silk fabric for the Swinburne costume students.

Shingleback Winery, McLaren Vale, South Australia. Thanks for Kate and John Davey for their generous donation of two cases of wine for use on Industry Night.

RJ Harvey & Co, Tailors Trimmings, Level 3, 37 Swanston Street, Melbourne for their cheque, student discounts and professional advice. You can contact Mr Harvey and his staff on 9654 7047.

Kathy Boulton of Buttonmania, Level 2, 37 Swanton Street, Melbourne has also provided substantial student discounts and invaluable advice. Contact Kathy on 9650 3627.