Wool won­ders wrought

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By CHE BAKER

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.

Photo: CHE BAKER 627888868.

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.

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