Selwyn’s wearable art extravanganza a roaring success

UNLIMITED: Lincoln resident Amie Parker with her model Talia Belworthy in "The Futuristic Dress Code" themed dress she designed.

The weird and wonderful has been unleashed at a wearable art competition.

Art Couture NZ brought its first fashion show to life in Tai Tapu attracting about 150 people through the door.

BEAUTY: Auckland designer Leanne Day with model Laura Murton wearing a “Madame Bride” costume.

The show judged by designer Loretta Sloan and artists Steve Henderson and Blanche Fryer featured about 29 designs from residents both in Selwyn and beyond.

Organiser Kim Strange said the show has received a lot of postive feedback and is already looking at possible venues and dates for next year’s show.

“We are just looking at venues because we will need to go bigger,” she said.

Mrs Strange said people were stunned at the quality of the garments and people’s creativity.

“It was just nice watching everyone’s faces. You just saw everyone getting a lot of pleasure from it . . . we have got very clever people,” she said.

AT THE CIRCUS: Weedons resident Tracey Hollands won the Sow’s Ear catergory for her “Jesticulate” themed dress.

The competition hosted by Christchurch city councillor Anne Galloway had costumes ranging from a phoenix-styled dress to futuristic-themed.

Mrs Strange said several Lincoln High School students went to the show and will enter next year.

The audience also had the chance to mix with the designers and models at supper time.

SPUNKY: Leeston resident Rose Carrick models her own costume she designed.

“People were able to see the outfits up close and go and talk to the designers to see how they made them . . . they seemed to enjoy that,” Mrs Strange said.


Winners of Art Couture NZ’s first wearable arts competition categories:

Students under 20 – Lincoln resident Amie Parker for “The Futuristic Dress Code.”

Garments using recycled materials – Auckland resident Leanne Day for “Madame Bride.”
•Open category – Upper Riccarton resident Linda Crooks for “A Window on Christchurch.”
•Hardware catergory – Lincoln resident Lee Parker for “Phoenix.”
•Sow’s Ear using a mix of provided materials – Weedons resident Tracey Hollands for “Jesticulate.”
•Supreme winner: Auckland resident Leanne Day for “Madame Bride.”