Sisters design from a distance
Two sisters are creating a glow-inthe-dark dress for a fashion show later this month - but they live in different parts of the country.
Cindy Walter, who lives in New Plymouth, said the whole process of making the skirt, top, umbrella and tiara had been daunting and was mostly done via Skype because her sister Alice lives in Taupo.
‘‘I like to be quite organised but this has taken a lot of planning,’’ Walter said.
‘‘It’s been a really nervewracking process.’’
The pair are entering their creation in the glow section at the Taranaki Fashion Art Awards on October 6 - 7.and have named their multi-coloured outfit Glowhemian Rhapsody, which not only highlights the sisters’ skills in fashion but also their taste in music. We both like Queen so it seemed pretty fitting,’’ Cindy said.
Cindy, 32, is an avid knitter and has run an online dyed wool business since 2008.
‘‘I really enjoy knitting as a craft, the possibilities are endless,’’ she said.
She said her interest in fashion and knitting was largely attributed to her mother. ’’Mum taught me to knit and always had cupboards full of stuff that we would make stuff out of from scratch.’’
‘‘I saw an advert for the fashion awards online and had just dyed a fresh batch of UV wool and thought it was the perfect chance to showcase that.’’
Sister Alice, 30, who will travel over for the event is the seamstress of the pair and studied at UCOL for three years, earning a degree in fashion design.
‘‘Both of us like doing dress ups but us Waters girls don’t muck around when it comes to dress ups,’’ Cindy said.
She said while the creation had taken a few twists and turns along the way as yet there hadn’t been any major fails.
It is the first time the sisters have entered the Taranaki Fashion Art Awards but Alice has had some experience in fashion shows before, entering and placing twice in Style Pasifika and in Cult Couture.
As for what the future holds after the show, Cindy wants to look into the art realm and the possibility of creating things with wool.
The Walters sisters glow in the dark outfit is a combination of both their talents