JAMIE LEE MAJOR Fashion Designer

Katy Perry rocks the ARIAS red carper in her Jamie Lee Major-designed outfit - Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP
Katy Perry rocks the ARIAS red carper in her Jamie Lee Major-designed outfit – Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Studied: Advanced Diploma in Fashion and Textile Design at CIT

Jamie Lee Major is just one of a growing cohort of CIT fashion graduates who have seen their designs reach international notoriety. Since winning the X-Press Emerging Designer Award in 2009, her collections have attracted the attention of everyone from The New York Times to Katy Perry.  

When it comes to having a high profile fashion assignment, it definitely doesn’t come much bigger than designing clothes for music superstars. Such was the challenge for former Central Institute of Technology student Jaime Lee Major, when she was tasked with designing the outfit Katy Perry wore to the ARIA Awards last month. Bali-based Jaime created a two-piece, midriff-baring outfit that set tongues wagging across the globe. The stunning outfit featured a bib-style front made from lace sourced exclusively from France, with onyx crystal beads and patent leather. The highly detailed, hand-beaded number took Major nearly 400 hours to make.

This commission was the latest high profile task for Jamie who remains a firm favourite in rock circles. She dressed Kimbra for the 2011 ARIAs in a gobsmacking fish tail gown made from gold lace and hand-encrusted with Swarovski crystals. The New Zealand diva also wore Jamie Lee on her appearances on Jimmy Kimmel and Saturday Night Live, bringing the CIT graduate’s designs to an audience of millions.

Shakira and even Lady Gaga have also stepped out in her designs. Jaime isn’t the only famous graduate of Central’s Fashion portfolio, with other alumni including the duo One Fell Swoop (Daniel Romanin and Nikolina Ergic) and Lara Kovacevich of the Zhivago label. With such a pedigree of success, the CIT Advanced Diplome of Art and Design is the perfect place to explore a curiosity for couture.


The Advanced Diploma of Art and Design (Fashion and Textile Design) is available at the Central Institute of Technology, with second round applications still open. For more information: