Gore woman Nicole Hook is looking forward to the Hokonui Fashion Design Awards on July 28-29.
“As an amateur, I can enter the clothing I’ve made and go along and play fashion designer for the night.”
“I look forward to going along with my family and seeing what I’ve made and what others have made. All that creativity coming together in one setting is quite inspiring,” she said.
Miss Hook (20), who is in her second year at Otago Polytechnic completing a fashion degree, said she was aiming for a career in the industry.
“Someday I would love to design clothes for a job. I have no idea what job I will actually end up doing though – there are so many jobs in fashion.”
“I’m keeping an open mind at this stage.”
Miss Hook said this was her third year entering the Hokonui Fashion Design Awards.
“I first entered in [high school] year 12 [in 2014] .. and I’ve entered every year since.
“My first time .. I entered the recycling section, last year the street-wear and this year the collections.”
“Eventually I want to have tried every section.”
Miss Hook said her inspiration for designs this year was nature and the luxury clothing brand Chloe.
” I designed and made two class outfits over a month, then made the third over a week.”
Miss Hook said it would be awesome to win an award but she just looked forward to attending the event with her family.
She urged anyone considering entering to “just give it a go”.
“It’s a great and rare experience .. if you are a student or someone considering studying fashion in the future, it’s great to have a portfolio.
“I was lucky enough to have Margo Barton [fashion academic leader at Otago Polytechnic] as one of the judges when I entered in year 13. When I was applying for the fashion course she remembered my outfit and it got me in that much quicker.”