This year, Wool4School challenged students to design a garment or outfit that embraces the use of technology to enhance garment performance or function. This year’s participants took on this challenge and applied their talent into the designs that went above and beyond expectations.

Congratulations to all our winners and runners-up.

Year 7
Julia Gerritsen
Illawara Christian School
Emma Sidea
Nazareth College
Year 8
Cate Chapman
Caringbah High School
Alicia Carlyon
Belridge Secondary College
Year 9
Tiah Hough
Cornerstone College
Sahra Middleton
Illawara Christian School
Year 10
Prue Spencer
Genazzano FCJ College
Kate Cheun
Our Lady of Mercy
Year 11
Holly Hyde
Scotch College
Sara Marta
St Ursuala’s College
Year 12
Madison Harris
St Patricks College
Ariel Hou
Burwood Girls High School
Teacher Prize
Penny Chandler
Kinross Waloroi School
Anna Dyer
Belridge Secondary College


Honourable Mentions

  • Year 12 - Louise Armstrong - The Glennie School
  • Year 10 - Karolina Alarcon - Belridge Secondary College
  • Year 8 - Hanyue Zhang - MacKillop College

Congratulations to all the finalists from each state. See the shortlist here.

An esteemed panel of judges including leading Australian fashion designer Jonathan Ward and key industry representatives carefully assessed each and every submission before eventually deciding on the winners and runners-up.

Jonathan Ward will turn Year 10 winner Prue Spencer's design turned into reality.


“Prue Spencer’s winning design answers the brief with a contemporary head-to-toe concept embracing Merino wool with technology in the garments and accessories. It’s exciting, colourful and concise in its presentation and creative flair titled Dressed To See.”
- Wool4School judge and fashion designer, Jonathan Ward


Meet the winners

Madison Harris, Year 12 winner

Do you have any advice for students who are thinking of entering next year?

“To just do it, commit yourself to enter the competition, you will be amazed how much you learn through the experience and how rewarding it is.”

View Madison’s submission Acupressure Design here.

Holly Hyde, Year 11 winner

What was your favorite part about the competition?

“If I had to pick it would probably be right at the end. You are at the stage where you get to pull everything together, your sketches, mood board and the total visual presentation. Writing about your design, explaining your reasons as to why the fabrication and textiles chosen are appropriate for your end user. This is when you get to discuss what wool innovations you have used, I always love this selection process as some of the new wool technologies are just incredible!”

View Holly’s submission Dog Walker Jacket here.

Prue Spencer, Year 10 winner

What made you enter the competition?

“This was a great opportunity to emphasise the collaboration between design and disability. There is no reason why fashion cannot have a positive impact on society by being a lens on popular culture and at the same time providing a practical aid to those with a disability.”

View Prue’s submission Dressed To See here.