Zena shows tal­ent with win­ning de­sign

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By EMMA DAWE

MOVE aside Trelise Cooper, Cromwell has its very own fashion de­signer who’s al­ready won her first de­sign com­pe­ti­tion at just 10 years of age.

Zena Daniels, from Gold­fields Pri­mary School, was one of only six young de­sign­ers na­tion­wide to win a de­sign com­pe­ti­tion in the Up­start Mag­a­zine, out of sev­eral thou­sand en­tries.

For the young de­signer the win was a huge sur­prise, and she said she was blown away to see her de­sign pic­tured in the mag­a­zine.

‘‘My mum was re­ally proud of me and so were my teach­ers. It’s al­ways good to get Gold­fields School out there.’’

The South African-born young­ster has al­ways loved de­sign­ing clothes and said it was a great way to ex­press her­self.

She’s also some­what of a trend­set­ter among her friends, and says her friends of­ten copy her style.

‘‘I like bright colours and skinny jeans. But I just wear what I like and if it fits well and looks good, then I’ll go for it.’’

Her win­ning de­sign was a strap­less dress with a bub­ble skirt shape at the bot­tom and coloured blue and green – colours she loved as they rep­re­sented the sea and na­ture.

It took her two days and seven de­signs un­til she came up with the one she en­tered into the com­pe­ti­tion.

And while she’s un­sure what she would like to do when she gets older, in the mean­time, she’ll get the chance to work on plenty more de­signs, as her prize pack­age in­cludes fab­ric and a mini man­nequin.

Young tal­ent: Young Cromwell fashion de­signer Zena Daniels, 10, with her win­ning de­sign that fea­tures in the lat­est Up­start Mag­a­zine. Her de­sign is on the left, clos­est to her face.

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