Fash­ion stu­dent takes a bow at car­ni­val

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Jen­nifer Free­man ad­mits she isn’t girly, but de­cided to chal­lenge her fem­i­nism with her Fash­ion in the Field out­fit Pur­ple Rain.

The for­mer Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dent, is study­ing at EIT in Hawke’s Bay and en­tered the out­fit, com­plete with mul­ti­ple bows, for the Hawke’s Bay Rac­ing’s Spring Car­ni­val event with the fash­ion-savvy race-goer in mind.

The be­jew­elled cock­tail dress is short, sassy and su­per so­phis­ti­cated and in her favourite colour pur­ple.

Re­spond­ing to the avant garde theme in the Young De­signer cat­e­gory, Jen­nifer has tai­lored a fit­ted dress in cot­ton sateen.

At the back, a fish-tail pe­plum falls from the waist and a fan of strips fes­tooned with dia­mantes con­nect to a choker of fab­ric around the neck.

The wow fac­tor is amped up at the front with a su­per­sized bow, trimmed with a strip of dia­mantes and at­tached at the bust.

Bows also trim a head­piece and the back of black high-heeled shoes.

‘‘I’m not a very gir­lie girl and I came up with the idea of us­ing bows to chal­lenge my­self to be more fem­i­nine.’’

Jen­nifer and her class­mates are all en­tered in the Fash­ion in the Field’s Young De­signer sec- tion, giv­ing lo­cals a chance to see the ideaschool stu­dents’ work.

For pro­gramme co-or­di­na­tor and tu­tor Ch­eryl Downie, it’s also an op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote a fur­ther qual­i­fi­ca­tion be­ing launched at EIT next year – the Level 5 New Zealand Di­ploma in Fash­ion.

Un­sure about what she wanted to do when she left school, she took a gap year.

‘‘I won­dered what kind of de­gree I wanted to do and re­alised dur­ing that time that fash­ion was what I most en­joyed study­ing.’’

A friend, also from Mata­mata, tipped Jen off to ideaschool.

‘‘She sug­gested I have a look at what was of­fered so I came to an open day and ap­plied straight away. I came here to learn con­struc­tion skills.’’

Jen­nifer’s plan is to progress to de­gree stud­ies, ma­jor­ing in fash­ion and with a mi­nor in tex­tile de­sign.

‘‘I feel the need to un­leash my de­sign tal­ent,’’ she says.

‘‘... to open my mind a lit­tle bit to the pos­si­bil­i­ties.

‘‘And I like the idea of get­ting into bridal wear and maybe cos­tume de­sign.’’


Mata­mata’s Jen Free­man mod­els her de­sign Pur­ple Rain for the Hawke’s Bay Rac­ing’s Spring Car­ni­val Fash­ion in the Field.


De­signs and de­tails part of Jen Free­man’s project for the Hawke’s Bay Spring Car­ni­val.

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