Budding fashion designer Lauren Arthur, of Dunedin, is one of four Otago Polytechnic School Of Design graduands selected to show her garments in the 15th anniversary iD Dunedin Fashion Show in April.
Handcraft techniques and innovative use of fabric by four
Otago Polytechnic fashion graduands has impressed iD Dunedin
Fashion Show selectors.
Lauren Arthur (23), Hannah Heslop (20), Georgia Ferguson
(21), and Justine Tindley (41) will show their graduate
collections at the 15th anniversary iD show in April,
alongside some of New Zealand's most successful commercial
Each has developed five outfits for their final year at the
School of Design, which were eyed by iD selectors during the
polytechnic's recent Collections 13 fashion show.
Selector, iD committee member and Dunedin fashion designer
Charmaine Reveley, who first showed at iD as an Otago
graduate in 2002, said the four collections stood out in
their creativity and quality.
The garments would surprise and inspire iD audiences when
modelled at the Dunedin Railway Station, she said.
''The graduates [sic] have taken some amazing old techniques
and redefined them, bringing them back to life and making
them contemporary. It's all about texture, shape and
silhouette,'' she said.
Hand-knitting, embroidery and beading were among techniques
used by the students to embellish fabric.
Miss Arthur, of Dunedin, said her collection, ''This is not
skim milk'', was inspired by South African farmers and how
they reinterpreted Western clothing, combining it with found
materials and objects from their environment.
She knotted together materials, including her mother's
hand-knitting, and focused her palette on grey, white, forest
green and lilac for her menswear and womenswear.
''I've tried to do something different. iD is definitely
something you aspire to, although I wasn't expecting to be
selected, but it's such a great opportunity,'' Miss Arthur
Her collection won two awards for innovative and directional
design at the Collections 13 show.
Miss Heslop said her collection, ''Freaky princess ocean
goddess'', combined pop culture, tribal culture and
A main influence was the sea and reflections from the sky,
which she portrayed with ''shine, sparkle and glamour''.
Silk, knitwear, beads and sequins featured in her womenswear.
Miss Tindley's collection, ''Metamorphosis'', also used
knitwear, as well as secondhand clothing, which she reworked
to create new garments which highlighted existing details.
The end result was ''warm'' androgynous outfits, showing the
beauty of creases, distressed fabric and tailoring in
''second life'' clothes.
Miss Tindley was top of the class for her work.
Miss Ferguson spent the first semester in Milan, Italy on a
study exchange and based her collection ''Lights on
autumn/winter 2014'' on a Dadaism quote about art not
existing without spectator involvement, as well as 30 still
She used a loom to weave parts of the collection, and
hand-knitted all bindings as well as two large jumpers for
The four Otago Polytechnic students will graduate alongside
their 12 other classmates on Friday.
All but Miss Tindley were also part of a delegation to China
for Shanghai Fashion Week in October.
Otago Polytechnic academic leader of fashion Margo Barton
said this year's graduands were incredibly talented and she
looked forward to seeing their work at iD.
''What stood out for me this year was these incredible
handcraft techniques used in ways that could be produced
commercially,'' she said.