Wanaka pupils follow their passion

Photo by Lucy Ibbotson.
Photo by Lucy Ibbotson.

Vintage dress patterns and chicken feathers may seem unlikely materials from which to craft a designer outfit, but pupils from Wanaka's Mount Aspiring College have shown anything is possible in the world of fashion.

A new secondary school section in tonight's annual Passion for Fashion show at the Lake Wanaka Centre has uncovered plenty of talent, show producer Carrie Berkey-O'Brien said.

Pictured preparing for the catwalk are (from left) Meg Timu (12), Mackenzie Ayres (13) and Grace Heather (13), who bought old dress patterns from the Salvation Army for their gown, Mrs Berkey-O'Brien, model Katharina Stapper (17), and designer Jessica Jay (17), who spent hundreds of hours sewing individual feathers on her one-off creation.

The dresses will be modelled alongside several others from the college, as well as clothing from Wanaka retailers and Kingston-based brand Lady Knuckles.

Proceeds from the show help cover the cost of Willowridge Wanakafest, which runs from today until Monday.