Westpac Young Fashion Designers Competition

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Westpac Young Fashion Designers Competition


Congratulations to Whitecliffe 2011 BFA Fashion Design graduates Yun Do and Jessica Grubisa who have just been announced as finalists in The Westpac Young Fashion Designer Competition.

The competition was started three years ago and entry is open to students who are currently completing a New Zealand fashion based tertiary course, or have graduated within the last four years. The winner will receive a prize package that includes NZ$5000, a mentor-ship from an established New Zealand designer, plus Westpac business banking advice. The judging panel is comprised of Zambesi menswear designer, Dayne Johnston; editor of the New Zealand Herald’s Viva magazine, Amanda Linnell; editor of Remix magazine, Tina Moore; and futuristic electro-pop diva, Zowie.

“It seems like people aren’t afraid to be trying something new and fresh, which was exactly what I was hoping for!” says Zowie. “There were loads of pieces I would wear on-stage and off-stage, and I can imagine loads of other people loving too. It was really difficult to pick a Top 10, which says a lot about this year’s entrants!”

The three designers who receive the highest number of votes by Sunday 19 August will present their collections to the judges during New Zealand Fashion Week, with the winner being announced live at the Westpac RED COLLECTION show.

Yun Do’s hand-dyed, draped and distressed collection, Twists, has its origins in the traditional clothing and folk paintings of 18th and 19th century Korea.

TO VOTE FOR YUN DO - apps.facebook.com/contestshq/contests/252284/voteable_entries/55430306

Jessica Grubisa’s collection, Rags to Riches, investigates the façade of wealth by creating entire garments out of shimmering tinsel and decorating others with an abundance of non-precious plastic gemstones.

TO VOTE FOR JESSICA - apps.facebook.com/contestshq/contests/252284/voteable_entries/55019213

Image: Bejeweled dress worn with tinsel coat “Rags to Riches” collection by Jessica Grubisa

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