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Since he was a teenager, Jack Hill has wanted to be a fashion designer, so showing at New Zealand Fashion Week this month was a dream come true for the 21-year-old.
Hill, a third-year fashion design student at Massey University, went from a volunteer at New Zealand Fashion Week last year to showcasing his own collection this year.
He never dreamed one of his collections would be shown at Fashion Week, and said he was grateful for the opportunity.
“It was so crazy to see and think that my first show would be at Fashion Week on that runway.
"It was amazing and also really overwhelming,” he said.
Hill said he couldn't have done it without endless help from his friends and support from Massey University.
“It was really overwhelming to see everyone support me like that. That was awesome.
"I really feel in debt to everyone who voted.”
Hill said he didn't plan to be in the competition - it was just a project for one of his classes.
His collection, Young Heavy, consisted of three looks, which were presented on the runway on the Friday of Fashion Week in two shows.
He wanted his collection to challenge what the everyday male would wear.
“I really wanted it to retain a strong sense of masculinity while still being quite outgoing," he said.
"I didn't want it to be overly feminine, but still wanted it to be challenging.”
The experience was a lot different from the stress of finishing university projects on time.
“It was my first show; I'd never seen anything else on the catwalk," he said.
"So being a part of that was a huge learning curve, just from getting all my stuff there, then prepping it all before the show and fitting it all on the models.”
The experience also gave him the chance to meet his fashion icon, Dayne Johnston from Zambesi, which he described as the “craziest thing”.
Hill said it was amazing to see his show on the runway.
“I was blown away.”
Hill said the future was uncertain for him, although he would be finishing the fourth year of his degree.
“It's always going to be my long-term dream to have my own label in New Zealand.”
- The Wellingtonian