Katie Style’s swimwear design titled ‘Retro Excitement’ took out the Billabong Design for Humanity Swimwear Competition on the 24th of November with over 100,000 votes for her design placed on the competition website.  In an interview with Katie on the Billabong Girls website, Katie states that it was ‘perfect timing’ for her to enter the competition, as she was completing a textile design unit as part of the Diploma of Fashion and Textiles Merchandising at the time, although she is not sure how she came up with the design.

The competition invited entries from all over Australia to create a textile design for a Billabong Girls Bikini with the winner having their design sold as a Billabong limited edition piece through the Surf Stitch website. Out of hundreds of entries, Katie’s design was selected as one of the two finalists to go head to head in the ‘Bikini Showdown’ for the most votes on the website in the week leading up to the Design for Humanity event held in Sydney, with the final votes cast on the night by attendees via SMS.

The Design for Humanity event, held at Oxford Art Factory in Sydney was a mix of fashion, art and music created to raise funds for UNICEF’s Pakistan Food Relief Appeal. The event featured musical performances from The Vines and Operator Please with 100% of proceeds from the ticket sales being donated.You can now purchase Katie’s design on the Surf Stitch website, but you must get in quick as there are only 50 available!

You can check out Katie’s winning design in the Unborn Treasure’s exhibition at the Sanctuary Cove Village Theatre on Tuesday the 14th of December from 5-7pm.