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.