The next generation of Dunedin fashion designers are being
encouraged to use old materials for new looks.
A recycled fashion show involving 10 creations by primary
school pupils was held at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery
yesterday, as part of iD Dunedin Fashion Week.
Secondhand clothing, rubbish and other discarded materials
have been crafted by pupils into outfits for the catwalk over
the past five weeks.
Dunedin sustainable fashion designer Fiona Clements, founder
of clothing label Senorita AweSUMO, guided the pupils through
the creation process.
She was pleased with their efforts, saying they gained a
greater understanding of how materials could be reused as a
The project was a collaboration between Ms Clements, Bathgate
Park School, Otago Polytechnic School of Design, iD
organisers and the gallery.
Some pieces made by Broad Bay and Portobello primary school
pupils were also modelled in the show, which attracted more
than 50 school staff, family and friends.
Otago Polytechnic School of Design senior lecturer Tracy
Kennedy said it was important for the annual iD events to
include community and education-led initiatives.
The classroom work was part of the curriculum and gave pupils
the chance to learn hand- and machine-sewing skills.
''The result is an amazing array of upcycling and recycling
of fabrics, clothing, junk and all sorts of other throw-away
Two of Ms Clements' outfits were also modelled, by design