Dan­de­lions blow the au­di­ence away

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winning cat­e­gory prizes in the awards for seven years and says it’s sat­is­fy­ing see­ing de­signs come to life.

“There’s noth­ing else like it that you can en­ter where the de­sign is com­pletely free and it’s your own.

“It’s such a buzz see­ing it come up on stage.”

Al­though she had the idea for her en­try sev­eral years ago there was never an ap­pro­pri­ate sec­tion for it, but this year the chil­dren’s cat­e­gory and its theme At the Bot­tom of the Gar­den was per­fect.

The WOW Awards, held in Welling­ton last week­end, saw 37 in­ter­na­tional de­sign­ers and many New Zealand de­sign­ers come to­gether to present 165 gar­ments over seven cat­e­gories.

The Supreme Award went to car­pen­ter David Walker from Alaska for his 17th cen­tury ball gown called Lady of the Wood.

The im­pres­sive piece was cre­ated out of ma­hogany and lace- wood with strips of maple and cedar ve­neer and a wig made from wood shav­ings.

Awards founder and di­rec­tor Suzie Mon­crieff says there was no sign of the re­ces­sion at this year’s event, with de­sign­ers from all over the world tak­ing part and see­ing their gar­ments come to life on the cat­walk.

“It was very ex­cit­ing for an in­ter­na­tional de­signer to win, re­flect­ing how truly global the event has be­come,” Ms Mon­crieff says.

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