Killer fash­ion in award fi­nals

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A fash­ion col­lec­tion in­spired by a pop­u­lar se­rial-killer novel is in the run­ning for a top award.

Pe­tra Ben­ton’s Wall Street women’s range is one of 10 fi­nal­ists in the 2013 West­pac Young Fash­ion De­signer com­pe­ti­tion.

The pub­lic can vote un­til the end of the day on Sun­day.

Af­ter vot­ing closes the top three de­sign­ers will be an­nounced.

They will present their work to judges at New Zealand fash­ion week in Septem­ber where the over­all win­ner will be an­nounced.

Miss Ben­ton lives in Mt Al­bert and re­cently grad­u­ated with a bach­e­lor of de­sign.

Wall Street started life as a menswear line spurred on by Brett Eas­ton El­lis’ Amer­i­can Psy­cho.

The novel 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.

‘‘Menswear is what I had stud­ied and what I love, but I thought it would be more in­ter­est­ing as womenswear.’’

Wear­able art: Pe­tra Ben­ton’s Wall Street col­lec­tion is in the run­ning to win the 2013 West­pac Young Fash­ion De­signer com­pe­ti­tion.

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