A kaleidoscope of ideas, characters, shapes and forms will glide down the catwalk in a wearable arts show with pictures on Thursday night.
Palmerston North Girls’ High year 10 visual arts students will stage their annual wearable arts show, with year 10 visual imaging students adding a digital parade of character animations to the mix.
About 100 girls have spent six weeks building, stitching, sculpting and coding the costumes and characters, with the theme ‘epic’.
A group of year 9 students will also present a series of masks made to represent the theme of ‘Kiwiana’.
Tirzah Vogt, 14, explored her love of The Beatles through her costume creation.
She used old curtains and cut, sewed and painted them into a Sergeant Pepper-style military jacket, with images painted across the rest of the garment.
‘‘My focus was on representing the songwriting by John Lennon - he’s the walrus - and Paul McCartney - he’s the egg - and the division and rivalry.
‘‘But I’ve got peace and love on the back - The Beatles’ main ideology, and what they try to put across in all of these songs.’’
Lakshitha Raviraj, 14, entered the ‘Pacific’ wearable arts category, and said redesigning to overcome challenges had thrown some interesting twists into her
dress and tiara design. ‘‘It’s called Tears of Mother Nature.
‘‘It’s supposed to be waterfalls that are tears, and in the bottom there’s going to be more rubbish - she’s crying because the world’s polluted.’’
She had redesigned to create more leg room at the base for mobility, leading to the addition of mist clouds billowing at the base of the waterfall.
Palm leaves on each side of her back created angel-like green wings.
Creating the costume had taken ‘‘ages’’, she said.
‘‘The base is all cardboard, with crushed newspaper to give the texture of the water.’’
From left: Darcy Craw, 14, Arden Craw, 14, and Alyssa Harvey, 14, are counting down to showtime.