Fashion student takes a bow at carnival
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.