Supreme winner’s sights set on WOW
Bright lights, cameras flashing and long runways are what 54 people experienced during the Wearable Arts fashion show in Tokoroa on Saturday night.
The grandstand and tables were full at the Tokoroa Event Centre where people from seven different categories put their work on display.
Tokoroa Intermediate students Ashlei Shaw, 12, and Briar Nichol, 12, won first place in their category Stories of the Nursery.
Their concept was to recreate the nursery rhyme Little Bo Peep.
‘‘We were going to use a real sheep,’’ Shaw said.
But they decided against it as they thought it would be too hard.
Instead Shaw and Nichol used real sheep fleece to recreate a realistic sheep modelled by Briar. ‘‘It was 7kg and hot,’’ she said. The girls said they made everything from scratch and to walk down the runway was ‘‘Nerve wracking’’ but they said they were ‘‘Happy and excited’’ that they won.
Supreme Award winner of the night was Tauranga Girls College Student Zoe¨ Beck with her creation My Imaginary Friend.
Zoe’s creation was inspired by a childhood imaginary friend that she wanted to recreate to show people that she wasn’t as scary as she seemed.
‘‘I wasn't expecting to win, there were so many great entries.’’ Zoe Beck
Zoe said that it took her the summer holidays until just before the awards night to finish her creation.
‘‘There was a lot of trial and error,’’ she said.
This was Zoe’s first time winning a Supreme Award but in the past has won other awards and she said it felt great winning.
‘‘I wasn’t expecting to win, there were so many great entries.’’
Along with her creation, Zoe also entered 15 items of clothing that she designed and created herself. Her categories of clothing consist of Pop Art, Ethnic Group, Jersey pants, and Micky Mouse, all of which were created from recycled materials or something old made into something new.
Zoe started designing and making her clothing in 2014 and wants to show these pieces plus others to the judges at the NZ Fashion week show.
Her ultimate goal is to show off her wearable arts pieces at WOW (World of wearable arts) or at an international stage.