Seamless achievement for couture dressmaker
17 July 2017 | Posted in: News
By Rayanon Innes
Throughout her brief four-year career as a couture fashion designer, Tarese Klemens has quite literally sewn the seeds of a rewarding future for both herself and other young women across Australia. Having personally experienced a history of hardship in her youth, Tarese dedicates her craft to producing custom-made pieces that embrace the inner beauty and value of the wearer. Through spreading a message of hope to other young women, Tarese’s inherent talent for textile based design has enabled her to conceive wearable works of art that reflect the unique characteristics of the individual wearer.
Through publicly sharing her story and business ambitions, Tarese was awarded with the Layne Beachly Aim For The Stars Scholarship late last year. This award not only enabled her to obtain an industrial sewing machine in order to keep up with the growing demand in her business, it also offered her the opportunity to connect with other young women involved within the youth support sector.
One of these women was fellow Aim For The Stars Scholarship recipient Melanie Thomas, who bonded with Tarese over their shared concern for the welfare of Australia’s youth of which Melanie founded her youth self-defence and safety awareness initiative The KYUP! Project. Through their growing friendship and in homage of her inspiring work within the community, Tarese designed the red-carpet dress that Melanie wore for her Audi Women of Style Awards nomination earlier this year.
Talking at this year’s Aim For The Stars Director’s Institute Women’s Leadership Forum, Tarese also caught the attention of an audience member who recommended she approach Lenovo who were on the search for a fashion designer for their new campaign. In a few short weeks Tarese had her head firmly down, hand sewing up to 8000 individual crystals, pearls and lace for the starring couture piece featured in the campaign video promoting innovation and entrepreneurship. The dress that would require nine months of intricate hand-sewing and embellishment work was an ode to her journey as a young woman with an unrivalled passion and creative talent.
With continually growing recognition for both her roles within bespoke couture design and youth welfare awareness, Tarese has now decided to sew, stitch, and thread a new life in central Sydney. Having to now bid farewell to her Hunter street studio space of two years, Tarese is profoundly humbled by the opportunities she’s had thus far, fuelling the anticipation for what her future might hold both personally and professionally.
“I’m looking forward to the new opportunities that come up – the ones I don’t even know about yet…
…I couldn’t imagine where it has taken me thus far but I’m really grateful and I’m excited to see where it takes me in the future”.
Now working part-time at Sant Elia Couture Bridal Designs, Tarese intends to continue producing her enchanting custom pieces in her spare time as well as developing a body of work through new ready-to-wear evening wear lines from her home studio.
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