Fashion designer Emily Scott at work. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Dunedin fashion design graduate Emily Scott is preparing to
showcase her work, inspired by Christchurch's revival from
the earthquakes, to an international audience in Kuala
Miss Scott (22) was selected to work collaboratively on a
collection titled ''Before Birth: Fall 2013'' with Malaysian
fashion student Christine Kong Peoi.
The young designers were one of 10 teams in the Virtual
Re-Start Fashion Competition, created by Education New
Zealand to expose the quality of national fashion and design
Miss Scott leaves Dunedin for Malaysia tomorrow, to show the
collection in a New Zealand Week gala event at the nation's
capital on March 11.
Her four outfits were inspired by the ''gothic revival'' of
the Christchurch Cathedral and controversy about its
temporary cardboard replacement, Miss Scott said.
''It was more about the idea of the cathedral than the
physical look of it - the fact that it is such an iconic
thing and now it's gone. People wanted to replace something
irreplaceable, which caused so much controversy,'' she said.
Each team was given $1000 to help produce their garments,
which had to reference the Christchurch Re:START project and
include something suitable for a cocktail or evening
Miss Scott said ''Before Birth: Fall 2013'' comprised
''moody'' blue and black leather, ''brought to life with
bronze accents'' as well as pearly cream leather pieces.
''This supports the idea of the journey from the earthquakes
to where the city is today,'' she said.
As well as time constraints, language barriers proved a
challenge for the Otago Polytechnic graduate.
She said it was hard at times to ''marry'' different
aesthetics and check each design detail with her team-mate
''down to the last stitch on a fully pleated silk chiffon
''The whole collaboration has been a massive learning curve
and opened my eyes. It was time consuming and required a lot
of patience, but the positives definitely outweigh any
negatives,'' she said.
Miss Scott received a donation of leather hides from New
Zealand Light Leathers, fabric sponsorship from Global
Fabrics and Cooper Watkinson Textiles, and support from
polytechnic staff, which she said was ''humbling''.
She planned to travel through Asia for a few weeks after the
competition, which she hoped would ''lead to the next
The winning team receives $10,000.
Otago Polytechnic academic leader of fashion Margo Barton
said the competition provided a challenge to New Zealand's
top students and would be ''pivotal'' to Miss Scott's growth
as a young designer.