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Christopher is putting Smithfield on the world fashion map

HIGH fashion is normally associated with names like New York, Paris and Monte Carlo, but we will be soon adding Smithfield to the list if Christopher Daod has his way.
Christopher recently showcased his bold, vibrant knitwear collection at Australian Fashion Week and gained widespread praise for his designs. 
One expert wrote: “He combines concepts of dissociation, bright vivid hues and unique knitwear that tackles sustainability through a fashion lens. 
“He works with mostly dead stock yarn sourced international and Australian merino wool vendors, to create a sense of eclecticism and playfulness to his work.  
“Christopher’s work brings an upbeat energy to the runway and he’s been featured Nine News for his incredible talented work.”
High praise indeed, but well deserved for the innovator who’s bringing boldness and vibrancy to the world of fashion
Christopher brought his impressive clothing collection and unique designs to Afterpay Australian Fashion Week as part of TAFE NSW Fashion Design Studio’s The Innovators showcase.
Now, TAFE NSW graduate Christopher always had a passion for art and problem solving and found his calling in fashion design.
“TAFE NSW taught me a lot about design principles and to distil it to the necessary aspects. During my course, I’ve been able to develop my own high-quality fibre from deadstock yarn and this has influenced my current knitwear collection,” he said.
“I work with a process of fully fashioning knit. This circular method of knitting means there’s very minimal waste. I always aim to be sustainable with garment construction, so this process of knitting really spoke to me.”
Christopher’s sense of eclecticism and playfulness and refined technical skills are apparent in his work.
As part of TAFE NSW Fashion Design Studio’s The Innovators showcase he joined the runway in one of Afterpay Australian Fashion Week’s “hottest shows “that is an important launch pad for emerging Australian fashion designers both locally and internationally.
For over 60 years, TAFE NSW Fashion Design Studio has produced some of the biggest names in the Australian fashion industry including Dion Lee and Bianca Spender and is the only fashion school in Australia to present graduate collections at Fashion Week.
“Being a part of Australian Fashion week is validating for me. It’s a stamp of approval that reminds me I’ve worked incredibly hard, and that my designs will be seen,” Christopher said. 
“The ability to share my art through fashion with a wider audience is super exciting to me. I'm a storyteller at heart, and this is my narrative I get to share.”
TAFE NSW Fashion Design Studio Head Teacher Laura Washington said the course supported students to become highly creative and work ready with skills to work both as an independent design professional and a collaborative design team member.
“Christopher brought enthusiasm and a ‘can-do’ attitude to our class. His consistent hard work and fun and clever approach to design shines through his fashion collection,” Ms Washington said.
“The course teaches students to develop a refined understanding of design concepts. We’re pleased to see that this has really spoken in Christopher’s creations being bold, colorful and inventive.
“The teachers at TAFE NSW are committed and work hard to guide and nurture each of our students' individual design aesthetic and fashion interest.” 


Michael Walls
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