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WoolOn Creative Fashion Event – 2017 Winners

27 May 2017

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Rural Women New Zealand WoolOn Creative Fashion Event – Winners 2017

Gore designer, Viv Tamblyn took out the Rural Women New Zealand Supreme Award in the Rural Women New Zealand WoolOn Creative Fashion Event held in Alexandra tonight.

Mrs Tamblyn won the Supreme Award and the Nu Dax Streetwear Award with her entry `A Touch of Copper’, a five-piece ensemble made from 100% wool featuring an oversized vest, bralette, pants, a jersey and beanie. The off-the-shoulder jersey was handknitted and hand painted with splashes of copper. The oversized vest and the beanie were also handknitted.

“Copper has an addictive attraction. I was inspired by the resurgence of copper accessories in homewares and have portrayed this throughout my garments,” Mrs Tamblyn said.

The event was an outstanding night of fashion, glamour, creativity with audiences wowed by the talent of designers from around New Zealand and overseas. Other category winners announced last night were:

The judges awarded the following entries as winners of each category:

Rural Women New Zealand Supreme Winner – Viv Tamblyn – A Touch of Copper

Alexandra New World U23 Emerging Designer – Kimberly Ramsey – End of the Beginning

Nu Dax Street Wear – Viv Tamblyn – A Touch of Copper

Judge Rock Handcrafted – Daphne Randle – Tyla Pearl

Orora Kiwi Packaging Felted – Heather Kerr – Just Alice

Breen Construction Collections – Daphne Randle – Patterns in Paua

Design Windows Avant Garde – Laurel Judd – Hanging Gardens

The Courthouse Special Occasion – Maureen McKenzie – Natural Beauty

The judges awarded – Highly Commended in the following categories

Nu Dax Street Wear – Erana Kaa - Hine Ukaipo

Judge Rock Handcrafted – Louise Cook – Don’t Tassel Me

Orora Kiwi Packaging Felted – Lia Martinez - Metamorphosis

Design Windows Avant Garde – Debbie Leung – Viva Pompoms

The Courthouse Special Occasion – Debbie Leung – Rosy Romance

The event opened with a spectacular short film produced by Brett Sanders of Matangi Station which connected the magnificent Central Otago landscape and wool production process with the incredible talent of designers who create something special out of wool fibre.

“I’m lucky to be involved with wool as a fourth-generation farmer on Matangi Station. It was cool to film a bit of what we do on the doorstep of Alexandra and to be involved with WoolOn,” Mr Sanders said.

The event was run by a committee of local volunteers with enormous support from sponsors, local businesses and the community.




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