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Megan’s daily dealings in fashion
Istanbul -based fashion designer Megan
Mummery (RGS ’04) launched her own label,
OhSevenDays, in 2013. She caught up with
‘s Rachael McDonald about the competitive,
challenging and satisfying fashion industry.
Was fashion something you were
interested in at School?
I didn’t plan to work in fashion when I was
at RGS. I always was interested in the arts,
but throughout high school I didn’t have a
clear idea of what I wanted to do. It wasn’t
till after high school and university that I
decided to pursue a career in fashion.
What did you do when you first left RGS?
I went to study Mass Communications at QUT in
Brisbane. Once I finished my degree, my main
goal was to travel the world. So I saved some
money and travelled around Europe for eight
months and then moved to London to begin work.
How did you break into the fashion industry?
It was whilst living in London that I truly decided
to change my career path and pursue the fashion
industry. I began to realise my interest and talent
in the field and enrolled in London College of
Fashion (LCF) to gain skills in pattern design.
From there I began an internship with fellow
Australian label, Antipodium. I then went worked
with London-based designer, Zoe Jordan.
Tell me about OhSevenDays:
The OhSevenDays style is minimal, modern and
versatile. We incorporate sport luxe silhouettes
with feminine tailoring. Our collections are season-
less and aim to be relevant and modern wherever
you are in the world. The name OhSevenDays
comes from the Turkish translation of ‘Seven’,
meaning ‘one who loves’. The name refers to the
love of everyday and versatile clothing. I moved
here in 2013 with my now fiancé, who is Turkish.
How did you start the label?
The process of launching a fashion label is
complex and includes not just design, but
strong marketing, production and sales
strategies. I was lucky to combine my marketing
education, experience at LCF, and on the job
training to compile a viable business model.
Any tough times along the way?
There are always challenges when starting
a business. I believe persevering through
initial hardship [and] rejection are key.
Building a brand doesn’t happen overnight
and neither does success. I look to my
peers for inspiration and perseverance.
What does the future hold?
We’re growing our online presence next
season and are hoping to expand in Australia!
Because of opposite seasons, it’s been
hard to expand within Australia. But it’s
one of my major goals for next season!
What are you School memories?
I had a great school experience at RGS! I
had a great group of friends who I am still
very close with to this day. My favourite
memories are of sports days. Go Jardine!
RGS HISTORY: 1985
Burning Books (and videos)
Alison Payne was in Year 12 in
1985 when a fire broke out in the
RGS Library during renovations.
In an email to , Alison wrote: I was in Year
12 at the time of the fire and in the computer
lab on the lower floor of Boland. I remember the
alarm going off [and] Mr Houston walking out
of the classroom door and coming back with a
very serious look on his face. He asked us to
stand and evacuate via the stairs at the Agnes
Street end of the building onto the Top Oval.
There could be no misunderstanding
as to the reason for his request, with
the smoke and noise of the fire. The
view from the oval was spectacular.
RGS Librarian Joan Peacock recently
spoke to and recalled that the fire had
started as the result of a spark caused by
welding that ignited ceiling insulation.
“The staff and I were working and
everything looked fine, we didn’t
realise there was a fire [at first].”
12,000 books and other items were lost to the
fire but the archives remained intact, according to
Joan Peacock, who transferred and secured vital
documents at Memorial Assembly Hall because
she was concerned the grit and grime caused
by renovations would damage the collection.
Thankfully, said Mrs Peacock, there were no
students in the library at the time of the fire.
“The library went up like a bomb. The
video collection just exploded.”
After her initial evacuation, and that
of her colleagues, Joan rushed back
into the building to get their handbags.
Moments later the ceiling collapsed.
Former student Alison Payne remembers sitting
on the Oval and hoping the flames she could see
licking the boarding house didn't make the jump.
Firefighters had a tough time.
“An electricity strike in Rockhampton at the time
meant that the pumps that supplied water to the
school were not functioning,” Alison recalled.
Later, there was an appeal to past students
for donations of items for the library.
“I remember Dad digging out his
Newsweek collection, among other
things and sending it up,” Alison said.
Years later Alison revisited the Library whilst on
a School tour with [Head of Primary] Mr Hadwen.
“It was quite comforting to see it standing there.
It’s a little taller now, with an extra storey, but also
appears a little smaller situated next to Islay Lee
Learning Centre. But still, a mighty symbol of the
resilience of Grammar and our community.”
Alison has shared recordings of news programming
made that night of the fire on her family’s VCR (kids,
ask mum and dad what that is). See the videos
on YouTube at https://youtu.be/cQYNapvLYPE
Maddison Black, Peter Li and
Tom Smith are recipients of 2014
Australian Vocational Student Prizes.
Only 500 awards are presented to
students annually across Australia.
Maddison Black attained a Certificate III
in Fitness, Cer tificate II in Public Safety
and Certificate I in Work Education.
She is now studying Bachelor of
Occupational Therapy (Honours), at
the University of Queensland.
Peter Li completed a Certificate II in
Fitness and Cer tificate I in Work Education
and is currently studying a Bachelor of
Science at the University of Queensland.
He has been accepted into the university ’s
Doctor of Medicine programme next year.
Tom Smith acquired a Certificate III
Carpentry and Cer tificate I Work Education
and works full time and finishing his
apprenticeship with Acute Builders. He
said winning the prize was over whelming
and the prize money helped him buy
more tools for his apprenticeship.
Congratulations also to Kiara
Lavia (RGS 2013) who won the Bob
Marshman Trainee of the Year for the
Central Queensland Region at the
Queensland Training Awards in July.
Kiara undertook a business administration
traineeship at Gladstone Regional Council.
The 19-year-old works in the technical
services division within the engineering
services directorate. She completed
Business Studies at CQUniversity.
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