Held at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, the event was intended to be a question and answer session with a pre-selected group of designers, by chance including the three main prize winners. The failing sound system made this impossible and a free for all was declared. No problem – it was fun chatting with the designers and what a lovely lot they were.
Rakel Blom (Otago Polytechnic): Peroni First Place Prize
Rakel’s clothing collection called ‘The World Through My Eyes’ makes your heart sing with its vibrancy and youthful vitality. Her five outfits represent five continents: Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and North America. The attention to detail is amazing, with hand stitched and laser-cut perspex stars and buttons. Rakel is the first Otago Polytechnic student to win this competition. Rakel you have done us proud!
Emma Boseley (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology): Caffe L’affare Second Place Prize
Emma’s focus is all about exaggerated shapes and how they change the body. Her garments were really spectacular on the catwalk and it was great to see some male models.
Charlotte Cho (Auckland University of Technology)
Her collection ‘KAPOW!’ is based on superhero comics. She creates her own knitting patterns using computer technology and hopes to turn this into a commercial enterprise. We love the cats!
Karen Yang (University of Technology, Sydney)
Her collection ‘BelleVille’ is inspired by mixing traditional Congo patterns with the French dandyism shown by ‘le Sapeurs’.
Mandy Myles (Otago Polytechnic)
Great to see a local in the competition and she went to the same high school as us. Her collection ‘Hello. I’m not from here.’ explores fantasy and humour.