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WOWed by Design

Recent school leaver Sophie Lawler was awarded first place in the Open Wearable Arts Category of the 2016 HETTANZ Fashion Awards.

The HETTANZ Fashion Awards celebrate the work of secondary school students in fashion and garment construction.

The Awards received a record number of entries of high standard entries in 2016, according to HETTANZ President Sarah Wirth.

Sophie won first place for her WOW (World of Wearable Art) Te Papa window display, which she made as part of the College’s NCEA Level 3 Materials Technology course.

“I had entered the competition with no expectations so to find out that I had actually won was an awesome feeling,” Sophie says.

“I am very proud that all the hard work had paid off.”

Her original design was inspired by exhibits (a vase, a dress, a kina and a doll) from the Te Papa Museum collection.

“One of the challenges of making my dress was putting plastic flowers over the whole garment -It may not look like a lot but I made just under 1000 plastic flowers,” Sophie explains.

“This took an extremely long time and I spent most of my holidays making them.”

As part of the award, Sophie won a Bernina overlocker.

“I am thrilled to have won an overlocker, which will be put to good use,” she says.

Sophie has recently begun a Bachelor of Commerce at Otago University.