Whitecliffe Fashion Design students Blair Wheeler and Wilson Ong participated in The Purfex Mannequin Parade which took place as window displays in local New Lynn shopfronts during the month of March. After the exhibition the artists’ mannequins were auctioned off on 6th April for charity. The auction raised a fantastic $3,500 for Mercy Hospice Auckland.
Plaster, second hand garments and the Japanese philosophy wabi sabi are behind their conceptual design. Everything the mannequin is wearing has been dyed, dismantled and recombined to comment on sustainability in fashion and also has a homage to beauty that can be found within the imperfect, impermanent and incomplete – all characteristics of wabi sabi.
Purfex are a long standing and valued Whitecliffe sponsor. In celebration of their 75th anniversary this year Purfex worked with Lopdell House Gallery and the contributing artists and designers to bring this exhibition to New Lynn.
Blair Wheeler and Wilson Ong