Two burgeoning Oamaru fashion designers have experienced the thrill of seeing their creations modelled on the catwalk.
Waitaki Girls’ High School year 13 pupils Bryar Flett and Sally Lory attended the recent Hokonui Fashion Design Awards in Gore with their textiles teacher, Bronwyn Gillies.
Bryar had entered the nightlife category with a strapless dress featuring an asymmetrically-patched, fitted bodice and full skirt.
Sally’s entry in the streetwear category was black pants and top with a gauzy overlay and embellishments in different fabrics.
They were among 85 entries from secondary schools throughout New Zealand, Ms Gillies said. The school section was judged separately from the open section, which also attracted nationwide interest.
Although the Oamaru pupils did not win any prizes, they both said it was “cool” to see their garments coming down the runway.
Ms Gillies said the pupils designed and drafted the patterns themselves, to ensure the clothes were tailored to fit them. Professional models wore them in the competition.
Sally said she chose streetwear because it suited her design best and she was working with linen. Bryar usually made streetwear, so opted to try “something more formal”.
The girls have been studying textiles right through high school but were not yet sure if they would make it their career.