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First for fashion

Dawn Gibson
Saturday, March 22, 2014

ROBERT Verebasaga and Artika Devi have become the first recipients of the Australian Government's first ever fashion-specific scholarship to Australia this week.

The duo told this newspaper that the thrill of being selected to study one of their biggest passions in one of the most fashionable places on the planet was an incredible feeling.

"Growing up in Fiji in the 70s and early 80s around the Tiki Togs time, that was where it all started — that kind of fashion," explained Mr Verebasaga, who would pursue an associate degree in applied fashion and technology at the Melbourne Institute of Technology.

"The fashion industry in Fiji is a growing sector and by that, I mean you don't have many boutiques to go to which sell good quality clothing which is well made, so I hope to contribute to that."

Ms Devi, on the other hand, has for the past four years pursued her "plan B" as she calls it — which is to be a banker, with the hope of one day going into fashion.

"I've always been into fashion for as long as I can remember and I've always been into the latest trends."

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