Quest for young de­sign­ers

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

The New­mar­ket Young Fash­ion De­signer com­pe­ti­tion is back to con­tinue break­ing boundaries in 2013.

Stu­dents with a pas­sion for fash­ion, tex­tiles and de­sign can regis­ter.

Event or­gan­iser Donna Cor­bel from the New­mar­ket Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion says the com­pe­ti­tion gives young de­sign­ers a chance to show­case their tal­ent and skill.

‘‘En­trants will be able to fast track their fash­ion ca­reer with this award and gain valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence to draw on for years to come,’’ Ms Cor­bel says.

This year the com­pe­ti­tion has been split into two di­vi­sions, with ju­nior and se­nior prizes.

The se­nior prize in­cludes a two-year schol­ar­ship for White­cliffe Col­lege of Arts and De­sign, a two-week in­tern­ship with New Zealand de­signer Vicki Tay­lor and a trip for two to Aus­tralian Fash­ion Week to shadow one of M.A.C’s de­sign­ers.

The ju­nior prize, for those aged 16 to 17, is a two week in­tern­ship at RUBY and Liam’s head of­fice, with more prizes to be an­nounced.

De­signer Vicki Tay­lor from fash­ion brand tay­lor says the com­pe­ti­tion is ‘‘ a fab­u­lous ex­pe­ri­ence for many younger de­sign­ers to dis­cover their tal­ent and com­pare abil­i­ties with peo­ple from through­out the coun­try’’.

Last year’s win­ner was Yeon­jae Choi who en­joyed a trip to Mel­bourne Fash­ion Week where she got back­stage ex­pe­ri­ence help­ing out on sev­eral shows.

‘‘It was a very new ex­pe­ri­ence to watch model re­hearsals and be­ing part of the chaos of dress­ing the mod­els to be ready on time dur­ing the shows,’’ Miss Choi says.

She joins a lineup of pre­vi­ous win­ners who have all gone on to pur­sue ca­reers in fash­ion.

Regis­tra­tion closes on June 7 and costs $30.

New ex­pe­ri­ences: Yeon­jae Choi was the win­ner of last year’s New­mar­ket Young Fash­ion De­signer com­pe­ti­tion.

Go to auck­land­c­ity har­ and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to hear past win­ners talk about what the awards meant for them.

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