Fashion students' designs stand out like chalk and cheese

Brittany Glassey's collection explores how digital technology is affecting young people.
Brittany Glassey's collection explores how digital technology is affecting young people.
Christchurch fashion students Brittany Glassey and Courtney Cansdale have very different ways of showing off their creations.

Glassey's runway collection, Creativity Gets An Upgrade, was influenced by Tokyo street fashion, while Cansdale’s collection, Chaos is Order, used an avant-garde colour palette.

The third year Ara Institute of Canterbury students were excited to show off their unique designs at the tertiary institution's annual fashion show.

The programme included 120 collections.

Glassey’s collection explores how digital technology is aiding in the creative process of modern youth.

“Throughout this collection, I’m taking different types of technology that we have in our everyday lives and I’m using it in a different way from its intended purpose by applying it to fashion,” she said.

“I find a lot of inspiration in Tokyo street fashion. Anything that is about expressing yourself, bright colours, just doing whatever you want. I love that so much and I hope that comes through in my work as well.”

Courtney Cansdale's fashion collection focuses on chaos.
Courtney Cansdale's fashion collection focuses on chaos.
Cansdale opted to display her designs at Ara's Artbox instead of showing it on the runway.
Her designs and others will be on display from 5-7pm on November 27-29 and on November 30 from 10am-4pm.

Cansdale has dreams of going into costume design and has created an interactive collection.

“My research question has been about justifying that chaos is a complex system of order by applying the theoretical framework of chaos theory,” she said.

Her two-piece collection initially featured a pristine white dress and a black dress in a matching silhouette.

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