Student showcases work in New Zealand Fashion Week

Fashion student Sophie Sargent will showcase one of her designs on the Resene Designer Runway at New Zealand Fashion ...
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Fashion student Sophie Sargent will showcase one of her designs on the Resene Designer Runway at New Zealand Fashion Week in August. Model Emily Triggs wears the colourful outfit.

Her grandmother gave her a sewing machine when she was a girl and from there Sophie Sargent's passion for clothes began.

In August 26-year-old Sargent will showcase one of her designs on the Resene Designer Runway at New Zealand Fashion Week. 

Sargent grew up in Hamilton and moved to Wellington to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies at Victoria University. She is now doing a Diploma at NZ Fashion Tech and on completion wants to combine theatre and fashion to create her own unique style.

She has incorporated this style into her entry in the Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion project.

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Students were required to create a contemporary, high fashion look using Indian silk.

Sargent was given a yellow sari that matched the Resene paint colour of buttercup.

Using this she created a structured, oversized buttercup coat.

She said the yellow was so bright she had to be careful her design didn't look tacky. 

"I went for a minimal, clean approach for impact.

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"Something I always struggle with in fashion is the idea of having a 'girl' as your target demographic or 'type' of customer. My 'girl' is me, it's my fashion obsessed workmates, it's my mother and it's someone I've never met. I've called this look Tuesday in an attempt to no longer be bound by demographics or labels. Today is only Tuesday; who will we be tomorrow?" 

Sargent said she drew on inspiration from her theatre degree to create a three piece outfit she was proud of.

She said the large shapes and block colours from costume and set design had a big impact on her outfit.

"By playing with proportion and scale on all three garments it remains minimal, playful and a natural fit for Wellington – a city where layers are both a necessity and a style choice."

Sargent's design was also selected to feature in NEXT magazine.

Sargent is one of ten fashion undergrads that have been chosen to open the Resene Designer Runway.

The Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion project is in its third year and is about exploring new, eye-catching ways to bring  fashion colours to life, while also giving young Kiwis the opportunity to exhibit their talent – in colour.

The winner will be announced at New Zealand Fashion Week, which runs from August 22-28, and will receive a trip for two to ID Dunedin Fashion Week in 2017.

 - Stuff

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