An outstanding fashion student is set to realise her design dreams with one of Australia's most popular retailers.
Final year Bachelor of Design (Fashion) (Honours) student Anna Pipkorn is the winner of the inaugural Forever New Scholarship in a new partnership with RMIT University.
The first of its kind, the Forever New Scholarship will be awarded annually to one student on completion of their third year at RMIT, as they head into their fourth and final year of study.
The scholarship includes a $20,000 contribution towards tuition fees and design collection expenses, plus a coveted 12-month employment offer in the design team at Forever New upon graduating.
Included in the employment offer is an invitation to join the Forever New Design and Buying team on a once-in-a-lifetime research trip to Paris.
Ms Pipkorn will also be invited to design a capsule collection in collaboration with Forever New this year.
"DIASPORAS TO ICONOCLASM" 2012. Designer: Anna Pipkorn, Model: Madeleine Duff, Photography: Kate Mathisen.
Hailing from Ballarat, Ms Pipkorn is an outstanding talent with a distinctive aesthetic.
"I am incredibly excited and honoured to be the first recipient of the Forever New Scholarship," she said.
"I have the utmost respect for the Forever New brand and can't wait to join the team in January next year.
"It is an incredible opportunity, and I feel blessed to have been chosen."
At only 21, Ms Pipkorn's accolades include being nominated for the City of Ballarat Youth Design Award, winning the Regional Next Generation Exhibition and receiving the Best Upcoming Talent Award at the APEX Victorian Design Finals in 2010.
She has also designed exclusive garments for acclaimed Butoh Cabaret performer, Yumi Umiumare.
Forever New founder Amanda Goenka spoke of her excitement at the partnership with RMIT's world-leading Fashion and Textiles.
"The fashion business in Australia is more competitive than ever and we recognise that young aspiring designers in our local community need industry mentoring and more opportunities," she said.
"YUMI" 2013. Designer: Anna Pipkorn, Model: Yumi Umiumare, Photography: Stephanie- Lee Moulin.
"RMIT has one of the best fashion design faculties in the world and we are excited to support local talent coming through their innovative program."
Associate Professor Karen Webster, Deputy Head of RMIT's School of Fashion and Textiles, praised the new scholarship as a launch pad for designers of the future.
"The Forever New scholarship program is a wonderful opportunity for RMIT fashion design students to launch their career," she said.
"We are thrilled to be involved and look forward to watching Anna prosper with the support of Forever New."
The School of Fashion and Textiles endures as a globally renowned incubator of creativity.
Upon graduating this year, Ms Pipkorn will join the ranks of RMIT fashion alumni including Toni MatiÄ?evski, Jenny Bannister and DI$COUNT UNIVER$E duo Nadia Napreychikov and Cami James.
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