First-time entrant wins in top Bernina fashion award
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.