Winning design almost trashed

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Gore fashion designer Viv Tamblyn almost threw out the design which won her a first place award at the Hokonui Fashion Design Awards at the weekend.

The fashion awards, in its 29th year, packed out the Gore Town and Country Club on Saturday night.

Mrs Tamblyn, a 10-year veteran entrant of the awards, gained first place for her entry into the open streetwear section.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Mrs Tamblyn said she almost scrapped the whole thing.

“I did cut up my grandmother’s fur coat to get the fur and so I told myself, ‘well, you can’t really waste that fur coat, so make it happen’.”

She changed her mind a few times during the design process.

She had a huge feeling of relief when she finally handed everything in.

She was already getting “itchy fingers” for next year.

This year the Heather Paterson QSM Memorial Prize, which Mrs Tamblyn has won in the past, went to Marianne Chia, of Invercargill.

The big winner of the night was Marike Uys, of Christchurch, whose brightly coloured and unusually shaped creation earned her the overall award for excellence.

She said the design was inspired by children’s pop-up books.

Ms Uys is a fashion design student at the ARA Institute of Canterbury, in Christchurch.

She said she wanted to make a living out of fashion and hoped to continue in the field once she completed her studies.

Another Southland resident won a top prize, the young designer award going to Abbey MacMaster, of Winton.

This year’s awards attracted about 200 entries.

Awards judge Denise L’Estrange-Corbet said the overall evening was fantastic.

The winners of the nightlife section all “jumped out” at her, she said.

the event for their continued support of the awards, saying without it they could not take place.

She also acknowledged the committee for organising the event and wished them well for the show’s 30-year anniversary next year.

Results, more pictures: Pages 12-13