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Novadown Launches Fashioned Feathers Show

Novadown Launches Fashioned Feathers Show in Dunedin

Designer Tamsin Cooper Judges Competition

Dunedin, 25 October 2006: Dunedin's answer to Wearable Arts launches tomorrow night with designers charged with assembling garments featuring feathers.

Nicola Lester, marketing manager for Dunedin pillow and duvet company Novadown, says Fashioned Feathers was a quirky idea that has captured the imagination of established and aspiring designers.

"All tickets for the event sold very quickly, which we were thrilled about as proceeds go to Make-a-Wish Foundation, an organisation that grants wishes to children living with life-threatening illnesses," says Lester.

Lester says the criteria for entering Fashioned Feathers was simple - all entrants were given feathers and white down proof cotton fabric as a starting point. "It's pretty much a blank canvas, designers can use any other materials to complete their outfits," says Lester.

Fashioned Feathers features Caroline Church, Annah Stretton, Tori Hart, Brian Molyneux and Cherry Cotton Candy (Tanya Carlson) whose feathered garments will be auctioned for Make-a-Wish Foundation. The public section entrants are competing for prizes and are being judged by Arrowtown designer Tamsin Cooper, Marlen Smith from Make-a-Wish Foundation and a representative from both Novadown and Arthur Barnett.

Marlen Smith, of Make-a-Wish Foundation says they are thrilled to be involved with such an entrepreneurial event that combines fashion, design, the arts and raising funds for an important children's charity.

Fashioned Feathers has been trademarked and may become an annual event on Dunedin's fashion calendar.

The charity fashion show will be held in the Crown Mill Restaurant and Lounge Bar in Manor Place, Dunedin, Thursday 26th October at 7.30pm.


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