From surgery to the catwalk

HERVEY Bay Hospital theatre nurse Sue Flewell-Smith wants locals to vote online for the dress she designed, modelled by fellow fashion design student Oksana Stephens.

WEARING baggy hospital scrubs is a world away from high fashion but theatre nurse Sue Flewell-Smith is working on making the transition.

She works at Hervey Bay Hospital three days a week, then jumps in her car at the crack of dawn to spend three days in Nambour studying fashion design at TAFE.

Ms Flewell-Smith started studying fashion in Brisbane more than a decade ago and helped behind the scenes at the Queensland fashion awards.

“It was just beautiful and I thought: ‘I want to do this’,” she said.

“It’s just taken me a long time to get there.”

Ms Flewell-Smith was one of 20 Queensland designers who last year landed an interview for reality TV show Project Runway Australia.

This year, she has designed, made and entered a stunning red evening dress in an online competition run by Tessuti Fabrics and is asking locals to support her in the visitors’ choice category by voting for her dress at

Viewers can vote and rate the dress by clicking on one of the five hearts pictured below the dress photo before voting closes on Monday, September 20.

Ms Flewell-Smith is due to graduate in November and would like to become a full-time fashion designer and plans to sell her clothing via, an internet site for hand-made goods.

“I love nursing but I like being creative as well,” she said.

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