Designers with a passion for fashion gathered at the Mataura Licensing Trust Hokonui Fashion Design Awards at the weekend.
MLT Hokonui fashion design chairwoman Sheree McIntyre said the event went well.
“There was a good positive buzz over the two days.”
There were 240 entries this year in 11 categories.
Some of the categories included the collections award, the menswear award and the night life award.
Arina Terekhova, of Christchurch, won the Mataura Licensing Trust Award of excellence and the open section collections award.
She found out about her success after the gala on Saturday as she had to leave to catch a flight from Dunedin, Mrs Terekhova said.
“I was worried I might miss my flight but finding out I had won, I was baffled. It was so unexpected.”
The main motivation for the collection came from her upbringing in Siberia, she said.
“The collection is called Urban Forager. I’ve always been a forager and been into harvesting. So I always collect sticks and berries.”
The winning piece featured printed forest leaves and natural fibres such as New Zealand merino and silk.
Her kete bags were coloured with environmentally friendly dye, she said.
Mr Dobson said they were looking for individuality.
“We were looking for something new that was well-designed and functional.
“Currently, in the fashion industry, we think it is really important for clothing to be sustainable.”
Sarah Martin, of Gore, was among those to attend on Saturday night.
“It has been an amazing night and it is great to see the different designs and styles.”
Model Anna-Lisa McConachie, of Dunedin, showcased one of designer Lochiel Kay’s collection pieces at the awards.
“I’ve been a part of the awards for a few years now but I always enjoy seeing the designers’ creative collections and it is fun modelling the outfits.”