Oversew fashion show coming to Wairarapa
''Up-cycled'' street wear will hit the catwalk this weekend with the launch of the region's newest fashion show.
The first annual Oversew Fashion Awards will be held at the Carterton Events Centre on Saturday August 25.
The event has been a year in the making and will feature 32 finalist designers from Wellington, Wairarapa and around the country.''The idea is about sustainable fashion,'' said Oversew chairwoman Corrine Edwards.
''It's about taking second hand clothes and up-cycling them - basically finding creative ways to make them new.''
Award categories include one for each of the four seasons, plus a young designer section for those aged 14-18 years.
The event was the first of its kind, Ms Edwards said.
''There's other groups out there doing this sort of thing, but as far as we know this is the first awards.''
Organiser Chris Tracey said the event was aimed at emerging designers.
''Often they're not the kind of designers who might enter into Fashion Week, but they're very talented and creative.
''Some are very young and there's also older people who just know design and are very talented sewers.
''We want to pull those designers out and encourage that potential talent.''
Ms Tracey, partner of Carterton Mayor Ron Mark, said there would also be expert tips for finding and dressing in second-hand clothes from Wellington's Wardrobe Flair.
''They took two women to SaveMart and found them clothes on a budget, and they'll be showing those on the night.''
Judges include Wairarapa designer Lorraine Hall, Massey design lecturer Jennifer Whitty, and Duane McWaine, the partner of United States Ambassador David Huebner.
While most entries have come from from Wellington and Wairarapa, others have come from Greymouth, Blenheim and Christchurch.
The idea behind the show came from The Crafty Lattes, a craft group which meets weekly at a Carterton cafe.
There are only a few tickets left for the 250-capacity event, available from Dash Tickets.
The Dominion Post