A true advocate for the Australian fashion industry, Thuy Nguyen has devoted more than 20 years to her trade and to the development of fashion entrepreneurs.
Thuy immersed herself in the textile clothing and footwear industries working for many varied fashion companies. At the same time she was operating a bridal couture business then positioned herself to become a Vocational Education Trainer (VET). Soon, all of her career choices shaped a pathway that naturally transitioned into her current position of Fashion Development Manager for QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA).
Thuy says that CEA became the environment she needed to transfer all the knowledge and skills that she had accumulated over the years into promoting and driving early stage fashion startups and emerging designers. With a dedicated space for creating fashion and being able to mentor one-to-one with designers and through a range of workshops, the last six years with CEA have been a wonderfully fast-paced journey for Thuy.
Her specialist areas include design and range planning, styling, sampling, production management and also pattern development and specialised grading. Her expertise has moved across a diverse market from women’s, men’s and children’s fashion attire to corporate wear, swimwear, active wear and through to exclusive couture one-offs.
Combined with an analytical mind, Thuy pays meticulous attention to detail and possesses excellent competency in her technical expertise. Her passion for ensuring that our future fashion creatives understand the necessary components required to produce a quality, market ready fashion brand, is ingrained from the first day they walk into the StitchLab until the day they unveil their final concept for market.
Aside from the extraordinary commitment, Thuy has demonstrated to the industry and to our past and present designers, she’s also one of the truest people you’ll ever meet and a real asset to the CEA team.