Covid encourages creativity

Never Out of Style . . . Standing with the past winning entries of MLT Hokonui Fashion Design Awards was chairwoman Sheree McIntyre. PHOTO: VALU MAKA

Clothing designers became creative with their MLT Hokonui Fashion Design Awards entries this year, awards chairwoman Sheree McIntyre says.

Some people had problems sourcing fabric due to Covid-19, she said.

“We’ve found people have had to be more creative and some have turned to second-hand shops or raiding their grandmother’s closet.”

Entries they had received were vibrant, she said.

“We’ve found this year there is not a lot of black because people have had time to really think about their designs. So even their technique and sewing is high quality.”

The school section attracted 94 entries from as far north as Auckland.

“Two schools, St Matthews school in Masterton and Wellington Girls College, have submitted quite a few entries this year.”

She was feeling very positive about the event.

“We are hoping people think this year is unique and different.”

Tickets for the Saturday night had sold out over three hours, she said.

“That is 700 tickets sold and we have 470 tickets gone for Friday evening too.”

It was a great achievement, she said.

“I think people are so excited to come to an event and so they are making the most of the opportunities.”

There were 240 entries this year which showed the event was still relevant to the New Zealand fashion scene, she said.

“People are still wanting a platform to see their creative designs and this show is for the amateur designers.”