Outfit makes a statement
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.