Fashion student has string of good designs

Otago Polytechnic fashion student Jojo Ross  displays one of her five garments,  based on 1960s...
Otago Polytechnic fashion student Jojo Ross displays one of her five garments, based on 1960s string art, which will feature in the iD Dunedin Fashion Show next year.
The intricate details on one of her creations. Photos by Gerard O'Brien.
The intricate details on one of her creations. Photos by Gerard O'Brien.

After spending 45 hours drilling 200 holes, and threading 100m of string through PVC to form just one garment, it is little wonder Jojo Ross' graduate collection gives her nightmares.

But the Otago Polytechnic fashion student, who will graduate on Friday, knows the statement pieces will get people to stand up and take notice.

The 22-year-old is one of five Otago Polytechnic fashion students, selected from a field of 24, to show their graduate collections at the iD Dunedin Fashion Show next year.

She was thrilled to be selected, as being in iD was one of her "plans".

"The more of a scene you make, the more people will notice you. iD is quite amazing for what it brings to Dunedin.

There are girls from my original class - Sophie Hardy and Roxanna Zamani - who have done so well out of it," she said.

With the swag of media and buyers attending the shows, Miss Ross said it was all about getting that one person to like what you did.

"Some people think I'm bonkers and then others love me."

Her five-piece collection was inspired by 1960s string art.

Each piece was created by drilling designs into flexible PVC and weaving string through them, creating a 3D structure.

The designs "hovered" over black and silver garments.

"I don't really design clothes, I just experiment. I found this idea of string art and spent so long thinking how I could make it into clothes.

"Everything was just a really conscious decision to make the string work and make the string pop."

However, after spending countless hours working on the garments, Miss Ross admitted only just beginning to like them again, and to suffering recurring nightmares about string.

The hard work paid off, though, when it received the top collection and directional design prizes at the polytechnic's annual Collections show last month.

The iD selection panel, Dunedin Public Art Gallery marketing manager Tim Pollock, Nom*D designer Margi Robertson and designer Charmaine Reveley, also chose Fiona Clements, Molly Barrington, Grace Averis and Phillip Hawkins to showcase their collections.

Next year's iD Dunedin Fashion Week runs from March 27 to April 1.

• Channel 9's Collections 11 at 7.30pm tomorrow features Polytechnic fashion students' creations, including those of Jojo Ross.


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