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’s­site.

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.

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