Wall Street in­spires young de­signer

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By DANIELLE STREET

Draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from a se­rial killer for a cloth­ing col­lec­tion may not be con­ven­tional how­ever it’s help­ing young de­signer Petra Ben­ton wing her way to iD Dunedin Fash­ion Week.

The AUT fash­ion grad­u­ate is among 31 fi­nal­ists from around the globe in Dunedin this week to take part in the In­ter­na­tional Emerg­ing De­signer Awards.

Miss Ben­ton’s col­lec­tion ti­tled Wall Street was cho­sen from more than 100 en­tries from some of the world’s more pres­ti­gious fash­ion schools.

‘‘I called it Wall Street be­cause I took in­spi­ra­tion from Amer­i­can Psy­cho, the book, not the movie. I didn’t watch the movie un­til af­ter,’’ the Grey Lynn res­i­dent says.

The 1991 novel writ­ten by Bret Eas­ton El­lis fol­lows the life of fic­tional char­ac­ter Pa­trick Bate­man, a high-fly­ing Man­hat­tan busi­ness­man with a pen­chant for mur­der.

‘‘When I was read­ing it I felt the juxtaposition of the strict­ness in his life and ap­pear­ance com­pared with the com­plete off-kil­ter na­ture of his ac­tions,’’ Miss Ben­ton says.

‘‘It wasn’t a lit­eral trans­la­tion, but more of a feel­ing I wanted to cap­ture,’’ she says.

The col­lec­tion en­com­passes shirts, blaz­ers and dropcrotch pants that while be­ing strict and uni­form have a dis­tinctly twisted feel.

The colour pal­ette is re­stricted to blue, white and sil­ver but features bold polka dots and stripes to fur­ther ex­ag­ger­ate the con­trast be­tween rigid­ness and awk­ward­ness.

Ms Ben­ton says the col­lec- tion was orig­i­nally con­ceived as a menswear line but dur­ing the year it evolved into a women’s range balancing hilux fab­rics like silk and taffeta in a mas­cu­line and tai­lored way.

‘‘It was fi­nan­cially crip­pling, thank god I work in a fab­ric store,’’ she laughs.

Miss Ben­ton and other fi­nal­ists from New Zealand, Aus­tralia, China, Eng­land and Ire­land will be present- ing their col­lec­tions to a panel of judges as well as an au­di­ence of thou­sands on March 14.

The de­signer says the com­pe­ti­tion is a good way to get your work seen and build net­works in the fash­ion in­dus­try.

‘‘It’s a great op­por­tu­nity. It’s such a small in­dus­try in New Zealand, you’ve got to keep do­ing things to get your work out there.’’

Wall Street: Ms Ben­ton drew on the 1991 novel Amer­i­can Psy­cho for her fash­ion col­lec­tion which con­trasts strict lines with an off-kil­ter mood.

Emerg­ing: Young de­signer Petra Ben­ton is head­ing to iD Dunedin Fash­ion Week to com­pete in the In­ter­na­tional Emerg­ing De­signer Awards.

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