Bridal Fashion Week

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Whitecliffe Fashion Design student Samantha Wainstein wins the 2011 Young Bridal Designer Award.

The inaugural 2011 Bridal Fashion Week offered Fashion Design students the opportunity to showcase their contemporary leading edge bridal designs. In a category for up-and-coming young designers, the judges were looking for a point of difference, something eye-catching, but also wearable. The look could encompass influences from any period in fashion history but updated with today’s bride in mind.

Once entries were received, the judging panel selected six finalists who presented their designs in the runway showcase during the Gala Cocktail evening on Friday April 1, held at the upper deck venue, The Dome, at the Auckland Museum.

Samantha’s entry was awarded first place and amongst the prizes that she received was the offer of internships with two of the world’s most acclaimed and iconic couture bridal designers, Cymbeline of Paris and Ruben Perlotti of Barcelona. Samantha will travel to Paris at the beginning of January 2012 for two weeks with Cymbeline and will then spend a further two weeks in Barcelona with Ruben Perlotti.

Samantha has also been offered the opportunity to do a one-week internship with a New Zealand Bridal Wear Designer of her choice or five, one-day internships with five different New Zealand Bridal Wear Designers.

Never before has a long, impressive list of celebrated New Zealand bridal designers come together in such a spectacular way. Bridal Fashion Week is the first of its kind ever in New Zealand. It featured Bridal Houses - Liz Mitchell, Robyn Cliffe, John Zimmerman, Rosemary Smith, Vinka Design, Rositta Chong, La Shika, Alison Blain, Corina Snow, Yvonne Bennetti and New Zealand's most revered couture designer Annie Bonza complemented by Exclusive Suit Hire and French Design House Cymbeline along with Spanish Designer Reuben Perlotti.

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