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Student Designer Wins With Glamour

Student Designer Wins With Glamour

Hollywood glamour and comic book heroes were the wild inspiration for winners of the DuPont Lycra Student Fashion Design Awards 2002

Supreme Winner - ‘Lolita’, a sensual bodywear set of push-up bra, ‘cheekini’ knickers and slinky bed-jacket took the Supreme Award at the DuPont Lycraâ Student Fashion Design Awards staged at the Hilton Auckland last night (Monday October 7, 2002). Massey fashion design student Michelle Hurliman’s movie theme inspiration was interpreted in delicate lace prints on the briefs and bandeau top.

Supreme Winner: Sexy push-up bra, ‘cheekini’ knickers and slinky black gown won the Supreme Award and the bodywear category of the DuPont Lycraâ Student Fashion Design Awards for Massey Polytech student Michelle Hurliman.

Judged across four categories, Aquawear, Streetwear, Active Sportswear and Bodywear, Michelle’s Supreme Award was for her Bodywear entry.


Runner-up to Supreme Winner - Runner up Phillip Patterson of Christchurch Polytechnic brought humour into his design ‘Mmm…’ a clever mismatch of styles and cuts incorporating nylon Lycraâ mesh and lace. Zara Wylie, Massey Polytechnic, was highly commended for her bra and body-hugging ‘boy-shorts’ entry sewn from a patchwork of printed fabrics in nylon Lycraâ.

Overall Runner-Up: A clever mismatch of shapes and styles with cheeky appliqué crafted by Christchurch Polytech student Phillip Patterson, captured the attention of the judges for the bodywear category of the DuPont Lycraâ Student Fashion Design Awards. It was awarded runner-up in the category.


Aquawear - Hollywood film star glamour featured in the design of the winning garment in the Aquawear category. Otago Polytechnic’s Amy Dicks-Johnston used black screenprints of early 20th century screen stars to decorate her white nylon Lycraâ bikini. The strong lines of the bandeau-styled top were reflected in the low, straight cut of the briefs, with a pert layer of white frills on the bottom.

Aquawear: This beautifully crafted white bikini offers a glimpse of classic Hollywood with the film-star prints and a mischievous layer of frothy white frills on the bottom. It won it’s designer, Massey Polytech student Amy Dicks-Johnston a first place in the Aquawear category.

It didn’t take much to guess where the runner-up in the Aquawear category, Massey Polytechnic student Debbie Archer, gained her inspiration.

Runner-up Aquawear: Massey Polytech student, Debbie Archer’s inspiration for this stunning and beautifully finished red bikini came from Spiderman and super-hero comics. The top can be worn as a halter-neck or over the shoulder.

‘Spidergirl’ is a cleverly designed red nylon Lycraâ bikini with contrasting black straps. The ‘push-up’ styled bra can be worn with the double-straps going back up over the shoulder as a halter-neck. The bra cups are decorated with black stitching in the shape of a round spider’s web. Highly commended in the Aquawear category was Massey Polytechnic’s Tymone Betts for an outfit that moves from poolside wear during the day to a wrap skirt and halter-neck top for dinner at night.


Streetwear - Otago’s Amy Dicks-Johnston also won the Streetwear category.

Streetwear: Another classic Hollywood style from Amy Dicks-Johnston of Otago Polytechnic, who also won the aquawear category. This fitted, fresh white suit features frothy frills across the back of the skirt and on the sleeve. It was winner of the streetwear section in the DuPont Lycraâ Student Fashion Design Awards.

Following the look she gave her winning bikini, Amy produced a cropped singlet top, a low-sitting mini-skirt and fitted jacket featuring layers of stiff, frothy frills on the sleeve and back. Award sponsors DuPont are considering entering Amy’s streetwear design in the ‘Fashions on the Field’ competition at the Melbourne Cup next month.

Runner-up Streetwear: This caramel coloured skirt offers a new spin on the adjustable waistband to help achieve perfect fit. Christchurch Polytechnic student Jo Laurenson was placed second in the streetwear section of the DuPont Lycraâ Student Fashion Design Awards for this garment.


Caption: Practical yet feminine was the motive for Otago Polytech student Karla Sapsford when she designed this mountain-biking outfit for entry the DuPont Lycraâ Student Fashion Design Awards. This two-piece was runner-up in the active sportswear category.


Photo Credits:
Photos: Neville Marriner
Location: Hilton Auckland
Models: Pamela and Daniella / Nova
Hair and Makeup: Clare Bridgeman.


Christchurch Polytechnic’s Jo Laurenson, was awarded second place in the Streetwear category with a caramel coloured A-line skirt that has a cleverly adjustable waistband, teamed to a close-fitting, red top edged with black. Highly commended in this section were Amberley Green from Otago Polytechnic for her ‘rock’n roll’ inspired skirt and cotton Lycraâ demin jacket, and Teresa Hodges from the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic for her white dress with contrasting black laced-up side.


Active Sportswear was an Otago Polytechnic clean sweep. Kayla Snowden designed a baby-pink ice-skating one-piece that’s playful with a touch of romanticism in a feminine mix of ribbons, frills and ‘shirring’. The judges commented that this garment “fitted the brief perfectly.”


Runner-up was Karla Sapsford with a functional mountain-bike outfit of princess-line sleeveless top that hugs the curves of the body, decorated with a stylised bicycle screen-print worn with contoured fit bicycle shorts. Natalie Newlands was highly commended for her chic dark grey leotard with sheer black over-top and white neoprene wrap skirt.


Award judges Doris de Pont of DNA Clothing, Nigel Eru, designer of the Expozay brand for Bendon Group and High Society’s Laurinda Sutcliffe found selecting the winners from nearly 100 entries a tough job. The consensus was that this year’s DuPont Lycraâ Fashion Design Awards winners were outstanding in quality, style and design innovation.

This year’s theme ‘Fashion Surfer’ allowed students the opportunity to draw inspiration from the rebellious world of pop, clubs, parties, girlie cheerleaders, glamour stars, beauty queens and cartoon heroes. These looks were to be expressed using fabrics that rely on Lycraâ for their freedom of movement and fit.

The Awards, now in their 22th year, offer design students a valuable opportunity to be noticed by New Zealand’s burgeoning fashion industry and for the four category winners a cash prize of $1000. Winning a sought after DuPont Lycraâ Student Fashion Design Award offers the students a platform upon which to display their talents to New Zealand’s fashion industry early in their career.

DuPont Lycra Student Fashion Design Awards 2002



WINNER Michelle Hurliman Massey Polytechnic (“Lolita” – dusky pink and black knickers with suspenders, bra and gown)

RUNNER UP Phillip Patterson Christchurch Polytechnic (‘MMM…’ – Patchwork French knicker with B2 bra and fishnet stockings that don’t match)

HIGHLY COMMENDED Zara Wylie Massey Polytechnic (‘Body Punk’ – yellow ‘newsprint’ bra and knickers with cummerbund and stockings)

Active Sportswear:

WINNER Kalya Sowden Otago Polytechnic (‘Delirious’ – Baby pink ice skating one piece with ribbons and shirring)

RUNNER-UP Karla Sapsford Otago Polytechnic (‘Toughy’ – Red screenprinted bike shirt and black shorts)

HIGHLY COMMENDED Natalie Newlands Otago Polytechnic (‘Making a Racquet’ – Grey leotard worn under a sheer top, with white neoprene mini skirt)


WINNER Amy Dicks-Johnston Otago Polytechnic (‘Classic Hollywood’ – Bordeau top and bikini bottom in white with black ‘Hollywood Star’ screen-prints)

RUNNER-UP Debbie Archer Massey Polytechnic (‘Spider Girl’ – Red and black bikini plus silver and black glitter skirt)

HIGHLY COMMENDED Tymone Betts Massey Polytechnic (Steel and brick insert halter-top plus bottoms and teal wrap skirt)


WINNER Amy Dicks-Johnston Otago Polytechnic (‘Classic Hollywood’ – white zip jacket and ruffled skirt with Hollywood prints)

RUNNER-UP Jo Laurenson Christchurch Polytechnic (‘Red Rosella’ – Caramel A line skirt with screenprint and red corsage top)

HIGHLY COMMENDED Amberley Green Otago Polytechnic (‘Happy Days Punk’ – Black denim jacket, white skirt with black lace trim, tulle petticoat and boob tube with black lace)

HIGHLY COMMENDED Teresa Hodges Bay of Plenty Polytechnic (‘Illusions’ – White halter-neck dress with leather trim and embroidered loops)

Supreme Winner: MICHELLE HURLIMAN Massey Polytechnic (“Lolita” – dusky pink and black knickers with suspenders, bra and gown)

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