Designers in for 'Project Runway'

Lenon Wakuwa, of Invercargill
Lenon Wakuwa, of Invercargill
She started out designing clothes for her sister's Barbie dolls in Zimbabwe, now an Invercargill designer is showing off her skills on the small screen.

Invercargill caregiver Lenon Wakuwa is getting ready to "make it work" on the New Zealand version of one of the world's biggest reality TV shows.

Ms Wakuwa, along with Arrowtown retail worker Peni Moala, was this week announced as one of the first contestants for Project Runway New Zealand.

Viewers will see the fashionable pair tackling a range of challenges on the show, made famous in the United States by judge Heidi Klum, fashion guru Tim Gunn, and Gunn's catchphrase "make it work".

Ms Wakuwa (27) said she first became interested in fashion when, while growing up in Zimbabwe, she watched her grandmother sew clothing for people.

Her first foray into fashion was sewing clothes for her sister's Barbie dolls.

Peni Moala, of Arrowtown
Peni Moala, of Arrowtown
She moved to Invercargill in 2012, and went on to complete a degree in fashion design and technology at SIT in 2016.

As well as designing, she loves acting and singing, so trying out for Project Runway was a no-brainer.

"It's good exposure, it's an amazing opportunity."

Finding out she was accepted for the show was "so exciting", she said.

"I've always dreamed of being on it."

Ms Wakuwa, who is gender-neutral, also wanted to brighten up "boring" male clothing.

Mr Moala could not be reached for comment.

Seven aspiring designers have already been announced, with another seven names still to be revealed.

Project Runway premieres on Monday, October 1, at 7.30pm on TVNZ 2.

 

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