Jessica Jay, a retail assistant from Wanaka, won Supreme Senior Winner at the 2014 Newmarket Young Fashion Designer Awards for her black and gold evening gown inspired by 1920s Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli. The Supreme Senior Prize is a two-year scholarship to study at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design. The young designer also received a two-week internship with NZ designer taylor and a trip to Sydney to attend Australian Fashion Week.
Commenting on her win, Jessica says “it feels incredible to have been named Supreme Winner of the Newmarket Young Designer Awards. I think I'm still slightly in shock about the outcome because I really didn't expect to win, especially when I saw how tough the rest of the competition was. I feel so excited and lucky to have been given all the opportunities, which winning the competition has provided, and I'm really keen to make the most of it all.” She said “after speaking with Belinda Watt about studying fine arts at Whitecliffe majoring in fashion design, I've been left with no doubts that Whitecliffe is the perfect place for me to develop my personal aesthetic as an artist and extend my skillset as a designer. It seems like a fantastic and nurturing learning environment and I love the fact that industry experience through internships are available to give students a foot in the door and a taste of what it's really like to work in fashion. It's going to be great working with other like-minded art students and challenging myself.”
Whitecliffe has been principal sponsor of the Newmarket Young Fashion Designer Competition since 2009. Whitecliffe President Michéle Whitecliffe says that “all scholarship winners have proven themselves to be worthy recipients of the award, achieving at the highest level and making a valuable contribution to Whitecliffe and to the fashion industry.”
We would like to congratulate Jessica on her achievement and welcome her to Whitecliffe in the near future.
image: Jeffery Chan, Studio81