Design talent impresses judges
Kate Arbuckle has been sewing since she was 10. The 18 year old Girls’ High student, who is off to see WOW for the first time this year, credits her gran for getting her started.
‘‘I was already interested in fashion,’’ Kate says, but learning to sew turned her from admirer to creator.
Those lessons have paid off for the Materials Technology student.
‘‘They called it sewing in my day,’’ Kate’s mum Jan drops into the conversation.
Accepted for Massey University’s four-year Bachelor of Design majoring in fashion in Wellington next year, Kate’s fashion application has already given her a national profile. She has been selected as one of three age group finalists (years 10-13) for the fashion category in nationwide fashion and craft competition, Brother Design Stars.
Open to students in school years 7 to 13, Brother Design Stars is a national sewing and craft competition giving young, budding fashion designers and creative artists the chance to showcase talent and creativity. Students could enter either the fashion or craft categories for a chance to win a share of $30,000 in prizes.
Kate’s entry, one of 400 – a red cocktail dress, boned and handbeaded with a high end, trending fashion look and showing great skill level, grabbed the attention of fashion judges Kayla Jurlina and Celine Rita, who were impressed by the extremely high calibre of entries.
It was the fist time Kate had entered the competition.
‘‘I wasn’t expecting it,’’ Kate says of her selection. ‘‘Three other girls from school entered dresses as good as mine.’’
Kate says her creation was influenced by Project Runway’s Michael Costello, and she is also a fan of New Zealand designers Trelise Cooper and Karen Walker.
Her prize includes a $700 Brother sewing machine, a scan and cut machine, and dress scissors.
Category finalists have another opportunity to win through TV’s The 4:30 Show People’s Choice Awards, with voting through the programme’s the430show.co.nz.website.
Whatever the outcome, Kate has her sights set a fashion industry career. ‘‘I’d really like to be a fashion designer and have my own collection showing at New Zealand fashion week.’’
Kate Arbuckle (age 18), from Palmerston North Girls’ High has inspired top New Zealand fashion designers and experts with her fashion garment entry in the nationwide fashion and craft competition, Brother Design Stars.