Bankstown fashion student Rayan Merhi (second from left) has taken part in a photo-shoot with acclaimed New York Times street style photographer, Lee Oliveira.
A BANKSTOWN fashion student has swapped her yardstick for stilettos, to jump in front of the camera to experience a different side of the rag trade.
Rayan Merhi, who is studying a diploma at The Fashion Institute (TFI), has taken part in a photo-shoot with acclaimed New York Times street style photographer, Lee Oliveira.
Since enrolling in the Surry Hills college, the 20-year-old former Birrong Girls High School student has worked alongside big name Australian designers at Fashion Week, but with others, felt a need to sense life on the other side of the camera.
TFI careers manager Bryce McIntosh said the program enabled fashion students to take part in a different aspect of the industry.
"The hair and makeup was also managed by our makeup students studying through The Makeup Institute - a full circle of student talent involved," he said.
Rayan said she was eager to learn about photo-shoot campaigns.
"It was a great experience; I enjoyed it, had so much fun and enjoyed working with a well-known photographer," she said.
She had no idea what career to pursue after leaving school, until deciding on the fashion industry.
"My experience through my studies at TFI, has helped me understand the different segments there are within the fashion industry and how to budget your expenses when planning photo shoots and events," she said.
"I've loved the internships the college has organised for me, with renowned brands including Camilla and Nookie."
Rayan said her ultimate aim in the Fashion industry was to one day start up her own label.