Wool wonders wrought
The call is out for clothing designers of anything and everything woolly to register their interest for Central Otago’s largest fashion show. The Mirror WoolOn Creative Fashion Event organiser Martin McPherson said entries have opened for the 2013 event to give those wanting to take part plenty of time to design and create their garments for this year’s competition. The competition, in its ninth year, has grown year-on-year since its inception and it was hoped this year would be no different. WoolOn encourages the creative use of high-quality wool produced in New Zealand and each garment entered has to contain a minimum of 50 per cent sheep’s wool. Mr McPherson said he had contacted more than 170 previous participants to let them know entries had opened. So far he had received interest from the United Kingdom and it was likely entries would be received from India again after the success of an Indian contestant last year. Last year’s special occasion and supreme winning entry Himalayan Drama #3 was by Kusum Bangari of Jodphur. It was the first time an international entry had won the competition. This year the event will follow the same format as previous years with a general admission show on Friday, October 11, and the gala event on October 12. There are seven categories: Special occasion, felted, streetwear, menswear, accessory, knitwear and avant garde with an overall supreme winnerwho will take home a $2000 cash prize. Past winners such as Laurel Judd and Daphne Randal will be back this year to vie for the supreme title. Locals were urged to get their entries in also, Mr McPherson said. Designers have until the end of July to register for the competition.
Woolly: The Mirror WoolOn event manager Martin McPherson with the 2012 supreme winning entry Himalayan Drama #3 by Kusum Bangari of Jodphur, India, which is being housed in the WoolOn winners’ exhibition at the Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery.