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With a name like Blue Blank and a propen­sity to work in leather and chain you could be for­given for think­ing that Clara Chon’s Auck­land-based la­bel is made largely for the dun­geon, or at least the dun­geon set. Yet, the ac­ces­sory la­bel has quickly be­come a favourite with for­ward think­ing young fash­ion­istas around town and per­haps it is the brand’s un­der­ly­ing sense of hu­mour which ap­peals as well as the well-con­structed pieces. Blue Blank grew out of a se­ries of wear­able art­works made dur­ing Clara’s time earn­ing a Master of Fine Arts de­gree at Elam School of Fine Arts. That they were then pho­tographed and ap­peared shortly there­after on The Fash­ion­isto, one of the world’s premier on­line fash­ion sites sug­gests that the pieces were more fash­ion than wear­able art, although that first se­ries of in­tri­cate leather body har­nesses were the seed for the di­rec­tion of the brand. Blue Blank has grown quickly into a re­spected ac­ces­sories brand with rep­re­sen­ta­tion at Auck­land’s Ciel PR, nu­mer­ous ed­i­to­rial ap­pear­ances and a show­ing at this week’s Un­der­ground in­stal­la­tion at New Zealand Fash­ion Week. Blue Blank is avail­able at Chil­dren of Vi­sion in St Kevin’s Ar­cade, Auck­land, the Ser­vice De­pot in Wellington and Company of Strangers in Dunedin. Photo: Frances Carter Styling: Rachael Church­ward Hair: Ja­son Chong-li and Tommy Stay­ton at Stephen Marr us­ing O&M Make-up: Shar­lene Cas­sidy us­ing M.A.C As­sist: Lochlain Stone­house at M.A.C. Model: Han­nah at Red 11

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