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12 September 2003

2002 Lycra® Student Fashion Design Award Supreme winner:
Michelle Hurliman, Massey University

Design Students Proving They HAVE IT!

The 23rd annual Lycra® HAS IT™ Student Fashion Design Awards in association with Charles Parsons will be held at the Hilton Hotel, Auckland on 30th September

The Awards, now in their 23rd year, offer design students from around the country a valuable opportunity to be noticed by New Zealand’s burgeoning fashion industry.

Last year’s Supreme Winner Michelle Hurilman and the 1999 Supreme Winner Leiana Rei Perawiti have recently been selected to join the Residents of Fashion HQ in Wellington.

“Supporting new design talent has always been part of the philosophy at DuPont and it is great to see these past winners making a name for themselves. The awards provide students with a platform from which to generate awareness for their work and to showcase their talents to the industry,” says Donna Hobman, DuPont Textiles & Interiors Awards Program Co-ordinator.

The theme for this year’s program is “Play Planet: It’s all about fun yet appearance is to be taken seriously.” Students may submit designs in one or more of six categories – swimwear, intimate apparel, street wear, active wear, men’s wear and avante garde.

Garments will be judged by a distinguished panel of industry judges including World designer Francis Hooper, television presenter Kate Hawkesby and Viva fashion editor Fiona Hawtin. All garments, which must feature fabric made with Lycra® - world renowned for bringing high quality, comfort and freedom of movement to fabrics, will be judged on originality, creativity, construction and quality of presentation. The most outstanding design in each of the six categories will be awarded NZ$1,000 prize money and the overall supreme winner will feature in a nationwide publicity program.

Winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on Tuesday 30 September at the Hilton Hotel, Auckland. This ceremony is open to the public and tickets can be purchased by contacting: Donna Whittle at FINZ on 09 629 0330 or


2002 Lycra® Student Fashion Design Award Supreme winner:
Michelle Hurliman, Massey University

DuPont Textiles & Interiors (DTI), a wholly owned subsidiary of DuPont, is the largest integrated fibre business in the world, with 2002 revenues of $6.3 billion, operating in 50 countries. Headquartered in Wilmington, Del., it is comprised of three businesses: Apparel; Interiors and Industrial; and Intermediates. DTI is committed to its customers’ growth through market insights and technology innovations combined with a powerful portfolio of the best-known, global brands and trademarks in the industry including: Lycra®, Teflon®, Stainmaster®, Antron®, Coolmax®, Thermolite®, Cordura®, Supplex® and Tactel®.

The Awards, now in their 22nd 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 Lycra 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. Most recently past winners

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