By EMMA CORNFORD
THE SECRET to creating an award-winning wool rave outfit is splattering it with red dye.
That's the theory talented year 11 Grafton High School student Rebecca Dunstan adopted in creating the outfit which won her first prize in the secondary school section of the Australian Wool Awards in Armidale on Saturday night.
The 16-year-old, from Nymboida, was set the task of creating a garment for a rave party from a new fabric, wool corduroy, for the competition.
"I had to design it, dye it and make it all myself," Rebecca said.
"I had so many things in my head and then I just drew them down on paper and...made it."
Her hooded vest and skirt was one of 42 entries from students all across Australia.
This is not the first time Rebecca's skill and love of fashion design have been noticed by industry heavyweights.
She last year won a scholarship to the prestigious Whitehouse School of Design in Sydney, which aims to develop the drawing skills of talented students.
And as part of the latest prize, she also won an overall excellence award, getting her a step closer to her dream of becoming a fashion designer by attending the The Whitehouse School yet again, this time for a more advanced drawing course.
"It's what I want to do. I like a lot of individual things and I always have new designs and things in my head," she said.
Rebecca said she wanted to thank acting deputy principal Chris Timmins and her textiles teacher, Cathy Butcher, for encouraging her to enter the awards.
"She's a very talented student and works very hard at what she does," Mrs Timmins said.