HAYA Muhammad is not afraid to wear colour. She is among this year’s fashion graduates showcasing their creations this week.


The Lakemba 23-year-old is known for wearing bold colours and, as a fashion design student, she pushes the boundaries even further.


Now in her final year of a bachelor in fashion, she’s used her culture with a modern twist to forge her place.


You’ll spot her colourful pieces as they come down the runway.


“I’m inspired by my own mood. I’m always energetic and love using happy colours in my designs.”


She dreams of becoming a fashion designer known for colour and shape.


Miss Muhammad was born in Pakistan. She was four when she came to Australia with her mum and brother. Her dad was already here.


Creativity is something that runs in the family. Her dad is a good cook and a real handyman. Plus her uncle owns an embroidery factory in Pakistan.


“My designs aren’t just for one culture — anyone can wear them,” she said.


Miss Muhammad’s pieces were on display at the Raffles College of Design and Commerce exhibition and runway show this week (December 6) at Waterloo. She studies at the Parramatta campus alongside Shannon Clayworth, a 21-year-old fashion marketing student.


On a full scholarship from Ballina, the stylist has “worked his butt off” through high school to get where he is today.


The 21-year-old who now lives in Kensington, has interned at Vogue, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, and is now fashion editor at Lita Magazine.


His graduate piece is a collection of black and white images of 10 people from diverse and interesting backgrounds.