Evento still wows crowds after 20 years
‘‘I really like Tim Burton movies and my favourite is Alice in Wonderland, which is what my costume is based on.’’ Kaitlyn Johnston
A wondrous creation captured the top prize at the Evento extravaganza as the wearable arts showcase reflected on 20 years of ingenuity, colour and flair for design.
Feilding High School’s major fundraiser had 48 students from 12 schools take to the Manfeild Park stage, competing in four categories.
Kaitlyn Johnston from Feilding High School was the supreme winner with her creation Dionaea Iridaaceae from the Nightmare before Evento category. The year 11 student said as a first-time entrant she was shocked at her win.
‘‘I am very overwhelmed,’’ she said.
‘‘My costume took me a good solid eight weeks, I had no social life during that time.
‘‘My sister did wearable arts two years ago and she was the one that really encouraged me to do it.’’
The category was inspired by the films of Tim Burton, with a glow-in-the-dark element and Kaitlyn said it was the perfect category for her.
‘‘I really like Tim Burton movies and my favourite is Alice in Wonderland, which is what my costume is based on.’’
Judge, previous Evento winner and Toi Whakaari graduate Jas- mine Shadbolt said this year’s final decision was a unanimous one.
‘‘We actually decided really fast, which was amazing. She definitely had an eye for detail, it was beautiful and it stood out from quite far away as well. It looked great on stage.’’
Director of Evento Amanda Street said the intention to think back about the show’s humble beginnings had been captured.
‘‘It went amazingly well. You get all these people and the kids just come alive and tonight they just lit up.’’
The winners of the other three categories were: Danielle Fredrickson (Feilding High School) with Automaton from the Time category. Rene Williamson (Feilding High School) with When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade from the Yellow section, and Millie Law (Taihape Area School) with Blue Girl on a Wire from the No 8 category.
All of the entries will be on display at the Feilding and District Art Centre.
Supreme winner Kaitlyn Johnston models her own creation Dionaea Iridaaceae