The 2012 Otago Polytechnic School of Fashion's 2012
Collections show was not only the climax of a year's work for
the students but also the culmination of an inspired
collaborative fashion project between the polytechnic and the
Shanghai University of Engineering Science. Jude Hathaway
Fashion from Shanghai added extra vibrancy to this year's
Otago Polytechnic School of Fashion Collections show.
The show, in the former Display and Sell Building, on Anzac
Ave, brimmed with colour and creativity, boosted by the
collections of six visiting fashion students from the
International Fashion Academy Paris, which operates under the
umbrella of the Shanghai University of Engineering Science
The students were part of a Sino/New Zealand collaborative
project planned by SUES and the Otago Polytechnic School of
Design earlier this year. It was decided that the theme would
be green and on the suggestion of the academic leader at the
polytechnic's school of fashion, Dr Margo Barton, that
fashion shoots would be held in each city.
Last month, the Otago Polytechnic delegation visited
Shanghai. It included third-year design students Samuel
Ralph, Olivia Bloxham, Hortense Rothery, Carolyn Taylor,
Rakel Blomsberg and Soohee Moon. Also making the nine-day
trip were photography lecturer Emily Hlavac Green, Dr Barton
and two other lecturers.
Showing at Shanghai Fashion Week was a highlight of the trip,
as were the fashion shoots at various landmarks of the city -
which has been sister city to Dunedin since 1994.
"It was also amazing to be using SUES models who study for
their bachelor of arts degrees majoring in modelling," Dr
"This is the only university in the world to have a four-year
modelling degree course."
Operating since 2001 it was the brainchild of IFAP's
vice-dean Madame Zhou, who is a notable international fashion
"Shanghai was fascinating and rewarding," Dr Barton remarked,
adding that the weather was "really warm".
Last week it was a slightly different story when the Shanghai
students visited Dunedin. The weather was not the best for
some of the shoots, and the team battled wind and chilly
temperatures around the city.
Locations included Cargill's Castle on the clifftop
overlooking the Pacific, the Caversham tunnel, Dunedin
Railway Station and Lovers' Leap. The warmth of Otago
Museum's Tropical Forest and Butterfly House was appreciated.
Models from the Ali McD Modelling Agency worked in front of
the cameras for the two IFAP photography students on all
"The models, particularly the young, small ones, fitted the
clothes well," Madame Zhou said through an interpreter.
She said two models in particular, Georgie Dooley and Tom
Spence, stood out.
Also among the delegation were two professional
photographers, while two other students were involved in the
project as co-ordinators. Along with Madame Zhou were three
other university staff.
It was the diminutive Madame Zhou's third visit to Dunedin.
"The light in Dunedin is good; but the wind, disgusting," she
said with a smile.
When asked how she felt about the size difference between her
bustling international city of 16 million and the much
smaller Dunedin, her eyes lit up.
"Ah, but art and design have no limitations!"
It is hoped the project between the two fashion schools will