NZ Fashion Week opportunity

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The fledgling career of Oamaru hair stylist Makaela Tiddy is taking flight now she has been selected to be part of New Zealand Fashion Week in Auckland.
She was named as one of three finalists from more than 100 applicants in the hair category of the NZ Hair and Beauty Industry Training Organisation Hot New Talent Competition.
It gives her the opportunity to work backstage at Fashion Week and be mentored by Auckland stylist Mana Days, Wellington stylist Chinney Yeap and international stylist Richard Kavanagh, who works out of Australia.
If she is named the winner of the competition, which will be announced at the event, her styles will be part of a special photo shoot.
Miss Tiddy, a stylist at Fusion Hair, was selected after a public vote through Facebook, where people were encouraged to like the photographs of looks they enjoyed the most.
The trio with the most likes were named as finalists.
She was thrilled to be selected to take part in Fashion Week and planned to make the most of it.
“I thought the opportunity would be great to get some experience. I thought it would be cool to go backstage because it’s different than doing everyday hairdressing, I guess –┬áit’s more like styling.
“The part I’m looking forward to most is working with the mentors. It will be great to pick up some skills and get the experience … it’s all expenses paid for, too, which is really cool.”
While Miss Tiddy has not had a lot of experience at the type of styling she will do at Fashion Week, she did similar work at the Sachajuan Protege competition in Auckland earlier this year.
“I’ve never really done anything quite like this before, so it’s going to be fun to see what it’s like backstage.
“It’s exciting to work with a model and make-up artist on a style. They give the feedback they want to go with their look. It will be awesome to get the experience.”
She hoped she would get more opportunities to do similar work in the future.
“Definitely, I would like to do it more. It’s more like session styling, I guess, a bit like photo work.”
New Zealand Fashion Week runs between August 22 and 28.