Nancy Oziya, best dressed

Fashion designer Nancy Oziya (above left) – an alumni of the Broadmeadows Education First Youth Foyer – was at the Arts Centre, Melbourne on December 5 to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of social enterprise The Social Studio.

Nancy is pictured with journalist and TV presenter, Jan Fran , who wore one of Nancy’s designs as she hosted the evening which featured a fashion show of designs by emerging designers from The Social Studio.

Nancy joined The Social Studio when living at Broadmeadows. The Social Studio was established in 2009 to improve the lives of young Australians who come from a refugee or migrant background and who may have experienced barriers to education or employment.

The Collingwood-based enterprise aims to improve the lives of young people who come from a refugee or migrant background and who may have experienced barriers to education or employment.

The Studio uses the vehicle of a fashion business – including a clothing label, retail shop, clothing manufacturer and digital printing studio – to create meaningful social change.  It provides TAFE level training, work experience, volunteer opportunities and employment in fashion, manufacturing and retail, creating imperative education and employment opportunities and pathways.

Nancy is a Fashion and Design student at RMIT in Melbourne and works teaching sewing at The Social Studio. She is now planning to establish her own fashion label.