A Freyberg High School student saw off competition from dozens of Manawatu high school students to win the Supreme Award at this year's Evento Wearable Art Awards.
Ella Whale's creation, Forest to Fashion, took the top prize at the awards on Saturday after winning its category earlier in the night.
"I'm elated, I'm stunned, it's unbelievable," the year 12 student said after the win.
The 16-year-old had entered Evento once before, in 2011. Work on this year's effort started in May.
Saturday's competition featured five categories, including one inspired by author Enid Blyton and another called Pink, in which outfits had to be pink and modelled by males.
Ella's entry was part of The Museum, inspired by Feilding's Coach House Museum.
"I saw the buzz saws and the wood and thought of chopping up a log," Ella said.
The result was a ball gown that featured a tree trunk at the front and was trailed by alternating layers of saws and wood shavings.
The outfit was topped with a circular saw blade for a hat and an industrial-strength parasol.
Materials used in its construction included cardboard, polystyrene and bark.
Ella said it took at least four bottles of PVA glue to construct the garment, which was modelled by her friend Mackenzie Burns.
Mackenzie, 15, also modelled for Ella in 2011 and while she had to climb into this year's outfit from underneath, she said it was easier to wear than that entry.
"Last time all the weight was on my shoulders."
Evento is organised by Feilding High School.
Ella's prize included two tickets to the World of Wearable Art competition in Wellington.
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