Shanghai fashion student Eric Xuweyu (20, second from right) with Ali McD models Amber Naenna (15), Tom Spence (19) and Mary Smith (17) during a fashion shoot at the Dunedin Railway Station yesterday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Ten fashion students from China are in Dunedin this week as
part of a collaboration with Otago Polytechnic, which saw six
of its students visit Shanghai last month.
The students from the Shanghai University of Engineering
Technology (SUES) are having their garments photographed
around Dunedin, including at Dunedin Railway Station
The students' arrival on Friday followed a show with Otago
Polytechnic fashion design students at Shanghai Fashion Week
Parts of that show will be re-created at the 21st anniversary
edition of the polytechnic's end-of-year fashion show,
Collections 12, which the Shanghai students will be taking
part in on Friday.
Otago Polytechnic's fashion academic leader Margot Barton
said the polytechnic was "really excited" to host the
students after its students had "a fabulous experience in
Shanghai fashion student Eric Xuweyu, speaking through a
translator, said the trip to Dunedin had exposed him to
Western culture, which along with Dunedin's architecture,
would provide him with inspiration for new designs.
The most exciting part of the trip so far had been seeing
animals on farms on the way from the airport, Mr Xuweyu said.
Dunedin was "peaceful and quiet" as opposed to China, which
was "busy and noisy".
The garments he had brought to Dunedin were inspired by the
colour green, which represented nature, and the autumn
season, he said.
The Shanghai students' visit comes after garments designed by
the Otago Polytechnic students were photographed in some of
Shanghai's most interesting locales, with the photos from the
sister cities to be made into a book.
The project would also form the basis of an academic paper.
Collections 12 takes place at 8.30pm on Friday at 102 Anzac
Ave (the former Display n Sell building).