NICHOLAS Huxley has been a long-time supporter of The Flair Awards and told the audience at Friday night's preview evening that he and his students would greatly miss the event.
The head teacher at Sydney Institute of Fashion Design, TAFE NSW, has always encouraged his students to enter the awards and has a strong winning history over the years.
Speaking with friend and Flair compere Pam Petherbridge, Nicholas revealed he was disappointed and upset that this would be the final Flair.
"When I heard the news, to be honest, I was very depressed about it, it's very disappointing," he said.
"But there's a lot of changes happening in the industry at the moment and I suppose this is just going with the flow of it.
"Flair has been something that I've loved to push my students towards and it drives them, giving them something to work for, so it's a shame that it's gone."
He added that there is a lot of interest from young designers wanting to send their garments overseas, but he believed Flair was an ideal platform for their work.
"Flair is so intimate and the prize money is fantastic so it's been ideal for them to showcase their work and see what others are doing too," he said.