Out­fit makes a state­ment

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

A gar­ment that con­trasts the world’s beauty with the non­cha­lant way it is treated has earned its de­sign­ers na­tional recog­ni­tion.

Gabriella Chan, 15, of St He­liers and Imo­gen Adams-Watt, 13, of Mt Eden won the Trash to Fash­ion 2008 secondary schools award for the best cre­ation in the glam­our cat­e­gory Wind, Sand and Stars.

Their de­sign, Last Chance, is a dress with colours sym­bol­is­ing the sand, sea, sky, wind and stars. It comes with a pram filled with rub­bish.

Gabriella says they wanted to high­light how the world is be­ing trashed with “waste” such as pol­lu­tion, global warm­ing and war.

“The pram rep­re­sents the new gen­er­a­tion all the waste is be­ing left to. We be­lieve this is an im­por­tant is­sue that can­not be pushed aside.

“It is our last chance to fix what we have bro­ken and we want to ex­press our ideas in the in­flu­en­tial world of fash­ion.”

Both girls at­tend Montes­sori Col­lege of Auck­land in Par­nell and prin­ci­pal Char­lene Chan is proud.

“They ded­i­cated many hours sourc­ing items, even find­ing a pram left on the road­side and re­fur­bish­ing it.”

The dress is on dis­play at the Par­nell Li­brary and will also be at the Par­nell Farm­ers Mar­ket in the Ju­bilee Build­ing carpark at 545 Par­nell Rd on Satur­day.

Mak­ing a point: This out­fit, mod­elled by Imo­gen Adams-Watt, 13, rep­re­sents how the world’s rub­bish is be­ing left to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

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