Pupils Evento ready as costumes polished
‘‘It gets them thinking in a different way.’’
The stage is set and so are the costumes as hundreds of pupils around the region put on the finishing touches before Evento kicks off.
The eccentric and unpredictable wearable art show celebrates its 21st birthday on Saturday and entrants are using their creative prowess to come up with something nature-themed.
For Waiopehu College head of visual arts Andrew Yates, it’s his eighth year tutoring students in the show.
His involvement first started at Taihape Area School before venturing to the Horrowhenua, and he noticed how the event had drawn an ‘‘incredible level’’ of talent and ingenuity from the region’s youngsters.
‘‘You’re designing something in a threedimensional format that has to be work, but it’s more than just an outfit - there’s a requirement to show it off. They’re moving around in it,’’ Yates said.
‘‘It gets them thinking in a different way. There are all sorts of limitations that have to be overcome to make it appear as a moving piece of artwork.’’
Costumes took at least three months from research to creative development, he said.
Among those giving up their free time and weekends to add to the spectacle that is Evento are Rebecca Rod and Miah Marsters-Sasa.
This weekend will be Rod’s first Evento and she has drawn confidence from classmate Marsters-Sasa, who enjoyed category success with a recycled materials costume on debut last year.
Rod’s three sisters will also be in the show, acting as models, and will wear her work.
The categories this year range from green, Asian-inspired, everyday superhero to 21, to celebrate the show’s anniversary.
Marsters-Sasa will turn out a 21-themed costume and has integrated fragmented musical instruments.
Rod is entering in the green section. She has drawn inspiration from British artist Alexander McQueen, who worked with textures of leaves. Her costume is dedicated to developing her own style from his work.
From humble beginnings in the high school hall, the show has grown in popularity and is now held in the Manfeild Stadium in front of an audience of 2000 people.
The show started as a fundraiser for Feilding High School by the parent teachers’ association. The wearable arts concept was a way for pupils to turn their sewing skills into a performance.