First-time en­trant wins in top Bern­ina fash­ion award

Whangarei Report - - NEWS -

A first-time en­trant's de­sign in­spired by her own ex­pe­ri­ence has won the top award at the Bern­ina North­land Fash­ion Awards.

Ca­role Heb­berd, of Waipu¯ , was named North­land de­signer of the year at Fo­rum North on Satur­day.

Her de­sign, a con­tem­po­rary me­dieval war­rior called Me and My Shadow, was mod­elled by Robert Spriggs.

Heb­berd suf­fers from mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis (MS) and the story of her de­sign is based on liv­ing with the con­di­tion.

“He's the lit­tle de­mon that's at the back of your mind.”

But she said she could over­come any­thing by draw­ing from his strength and beauty.

She said the shadow rep­re­sented any prob­lem a per­son might have.

“The but­ter­flies around him sym­bol­ise hope.”

The de­sign took six months to make, the ar­moured corset about three months and the more than 500 trans­par­ent but­ter­flies took two months.

Heb­berd said she and Spriggs were back­stage chat­ting with oth­ers when the win­ner was an­nounced.

“Ev­ery­one in the hall­way was shout­ing ‘you've won, you've won'. We didn't quite be­lieve it.”

The 61 year old said it was the first time she had en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter “a crazy mo­ment” where she and Spriggs thought they would have a try.

Heb­berd is an artist who cre­ates sculp­tures and ob­jects out of wire. She is look­ing for­ward to hon­ing her sewing skills on the new ma­chine she won.

The same de­sign was named supreme win­ner and the peo­ple's choice at the Art ‘n' Tar­tan Awards in Waipu¯ in July.

The judges at the Bern­ina North­land Fash­ion Awards made a spe­cial men­tion of Rachael Ped­er­son, who en­ters the show ev­ery year. A teacher at Whanga¯rei Girls' High School, she en­cour­ages her stu­dents to en­ter. Sev­eral WGHS stu­dents did well at the awards. Iris Met­calfe won the fan­tasy fash­ion cat­e­gory.

It was the sec­ond year the Ro­tary Club of Whanga¯ rei South pre­sented a sewing ma­chine to the best school. This year it went to Parua Bay School.

Bern­ina North­land and Kiwi North will show­case some of the en­tries from the show over the next few months. Evening Wear: Diana David­son Cham­pagne El­e­gance 1, Fran Spick No. 5, 2, Rene Topp Golden Glam 3.

Avant Garde: Ella Jef­fery Free­dom 1, Kirsty Mil­ton In Bloom 2, Re­nee Topp An Ex­pected Per­cep­tion 3, Doris Pilcher Polka Dot Lady, highly com­mended.

Stu­dent Fash­ion De­sign: Molly Halvor­son Madi­son Pant Suit 1, Cait­lyn Salvi­gny Spaghetti Pants 2, Cait­lyn Salvi­gny Peek­a­boo 3, Lau­ren Thom­sen Re­lax, highly com­mended. Open Fash­ion De­sign: Emma Far­rier Lady in Black 1, Levonne Smith Kill Bill 2, Emma Far­rier Blast from the Past 3, Doris Pilcher Sir with Love, highly com­mended. Stu­dent Street Wear: Zane Lange Hip Hop 80s 1, Re­bekah Wall Trans­par­ent 2, Cait­lyn Salvi­gny Blue­bird 3.

Open Street Wear: Rachael Ped­er­sen Nel­lie 1, Levon­ne­smith An Alchemy of Lil­lies 2, Dan­ica Sketch­ley Denim Jump­suit 3, Doris Pilcher Fish­er­man highly com­mended. Fan­tasy Fash­ion: Iris Met­calfe La­ment 1,Rachael Ped­er­sen An­guish 2, Dorispilcher Bella-renna 3, Diana David­son Golden Belle, highly com­mended. Ju­nior: Greta Charlesworth Crocker Bird 1, Thea Gray Kid in acandy Store 2, Stella Gray The Rip­ple Ef­fect 3, Luka D’an­vers The Pi­wakawaka Princess, Kyla Halse Mother Pol­lu­tion, highly com­mended. Open: Ca­role Heb­berd Me and My Shadow 1, Mar­garet Rass­mussen and Me­gan Petch­forth Wahine­toa Aotearoa 2, Doris Pilcher Heart beat 3.

From Trash to Fash­ion: Carol Rhodes Notaw­in­ning Ticket 1, Chiquela and Vi­o­let Blom­field Fly­ing Duchess 2, Eve­lyn Tay­lor Wild Gar­den 3, Dy­vani-leethoma­son-daly Par­adise Rose, highly com­mended. Cos­play: Wayne Car­roll Gears of War Marine 1, Diana David­son and Justin Smith Jedi Tem­ple Guard 2, Diana David­son Poc­a­hon­tas 3.

First Time En­trant Award: Doris Pilcher. Best School: Parua Bay School. North­land Top Model: Sa­van­nah Sul­li­van Madi­son Pant Suit. Ex­treme El­e­gance: Levonne Smith An Alchemy of Lil­lies. Supreme North­land Fash­ion De­signer of the Year: Ca­role Heb­berd.


Thea Gray is shocked to get sec­ond place in the ju­nior wear­able arts cat­e­gory with her de­sign Kid in a Candy Store.

Robert Spriggs mod­els Me and My Shadow by Waipu’s Ca­role Heb­berd.

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