Milestones reached by design awards

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The Hokonui Fashion Design Awards has reached two milestones in its 28th year, as the longest-running event of its type in New Zealand and in record entries.
Hokonui Fashion Design Awards convener Wade Paterson said the awards were a platform for amateur designers of all ages.
The design awards are run in two sections,an open section and a schools section, for primary, intermediate and secondary school pupils.
Mr Paterson said the awards committee had seen a 10% increase in the schools section during the last year and had received 85 entries from schools throughout New Zealand.
The awards have attracted 241 entries and 335 garments from throughout New Zealand.
They feature a prize pool of $34,000 and are expected to draw an audience of 1300 to 1400 people during the two nights.
‘‘It’s been a stepping stone for a number of young designers,’’ Mr Paterson said.
Designer Charmaine Reveley, who has her own shop in Dunedin, began her career via the fashion awards.
The event attracts judges such as Karen Walker and Trelise Cooper.
This year’s judges are Annah Stretton, of Morrinsville, James Dobson aka Jimmy D, Lela Jacobs, both of Auckland, and Jane Sutherland, of Kingston. Three have been involved as judges for past awards.
The Hokonui Fashion Design Awards will be held over two nights, starting with the Strictly Design Awards on Friday, July 29, then the Gala Awards on Saturday, July 30 at the Gore Town and Country Club. Both events start at 7.30pm.
Tickets can be bought at the St James Theatre or on iticket.
Winners of the schools section will be announced at the Strictly Design Awards and open section winners announced at the Gala Awards.
Both nights will feature the parading of all garments.