Pictured: Curtin University fashion students, Aqeela Isaacs, Paige Groves, Eitan Broude and Isabella Donatelli.
The winning clothing design from our 2017 SunSmart Fashion Garment Project will be launched at boutique clothing store Ruck Rover in Northbridge this evening.
The fashion project, now in its third year of operation, is a collaboration between our SunSmart team and Curtin University's School of Design.
Each year, fashion students are provided with a design brief to create a sun-protective fashion garment targeted at young people, proving that sun protection can be both stylish and functional.
This year's winner, Aqeela Isaacs, has created a fashion-forward summer piece with no sacrifices made to sun safety, UV protection and comfort during the warmer summer months.
Aqeela said the design, a long-sleeved mid-length shift dress, initially proved challenging to create.
"I thought it was a bit challenging covering up a lot of the body and still keeping it cool for the summer.
"We learnt a lot about fabrics during the design process. The fabric I chose is dense but allows a lot of airflow through it, so I worked with that," she said.
The fabric chosen for Aqeela's project provides excellent sun protection (UPF 45 to 50) and can be worn with an optional hooded vest for additional sun safety, made from cool core fabric.
"Learning about the new technologies in fabrics really helped me to design something fashionable and SunSmart.
"When you think of a jacket -it's to keep you warm but my design is made from a cool core material that's designed to cool you down when you sweat or get it wet," she said.
The launch of Aqeela's winning design coincides with National Skin Cancer Action Week (19-26 November) which aims to raise awareness around sun safety.
Alarmingly, the number of adults getting sunburnt has steadily increased over the past seven years with the adult sunburn rate rising from 13 percent in 2010-11 to 17 percent in 2016-17.
Aqeela's dress and jacket designs have been awarded a limited run and have been manufactured for sale.
If you're interested in purchasing a garment, visit the Ruck Rover General Store located at 242 William St, Northbridge WA 6003 (limited stock available).
• For more information about skin cancer or cancer-related issues, give our cancer nurses a call on 13 11 20.
• Find out how you can join the #SunSmartGeneration by visiting our National Skin Cancer Action Week page here.