Reflective kimonos and glow-in-the-darkish leis could also be a brand new fashion pattern if two Wainuiomata Excessive College students have their method.
Recollections Lemaota, 17, and Claudia Groeneweg, 17, have been stitching up a storm these previous few weeks as designing and creating reflective outfits for a hello-vis fashion competitors.
Their laborious work paid off as their items have been chosen as finalists for the Undertaking Glow Put on runway present the place designers should create garments for cyclists and pedestrians to put on at night time.
Claudia settled on a kimono, created through the use of saris donated to her by the Indian group or present in secondhand outlets.
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"I actually just like the look of the kimono and the way it regarded good on most physique shapes." She integrated reflective strips into the lettering on the again of her outfit.
Recollections and her design accomplice Pasitalia Time have been impressed by Pasifika outfits.
"I assumed it was an excellent alternative to point out my tradition," Recollections stated.
The pair created three outfits, two for girls and one for a person. Woven into their design are leis that includes 3D printed glow-in-the-darkish beads.
The teen designers had 4 weeks to tug every little thing collectively. For Recollections it was a problem discovering the time to create the outfits amongst different faculty commitments.
Claudia needed to come to grips with utilizing a stitching machine. Earlier than this yr, she hadn't labored a lot with material or stitching machines, sticking principally to arts similar to pictures and digital artwork.
As runway day, August 12, approached the women have been feeling a mixture of pleasure and fear.
"I will be actually nervous," Claudia stated, "I am unsure of the way it will look on stage."
The winner of the very best garment within the Younger Designer class will take house a brand new stitching machine, whereas the winner for greatest accent will obtain a $100 Prezzy card.
The students' designs are below wraps till they debut on the catwalk subsequent month.
* The runway present might be held on August 12 on the Wellington Underground Market.