Fantasy meets fashion

00:58, Jun 13 2014
Nick and John Duncan
NEW FROM OLD: From left, Kay Thomson models her own design, Sweet Fantasy; Brittany White-Johnson, left and Eliza McCambridge-Dax model their creation Pom Pom; and Claudia Leonard models her, Hannah Stevenson’s and Liana Paaka’s creation Wrapperfly at the Garin College fashion show

Garin College students' love of arts, sweets and skilful ways of recycling drew plenty of cheers at its annual fashion show.

Recycled Art that is Wearable (RAW) held yesterday, was part of the school's two-day celebration of the arts called Mahi Toi.

Yesterday's show attracted 24 entries where students were tasked with using found objects to create outfits and model them in front of their peers and judges.

Nick and John Duncan
STEPPING OUT: Georgia Chapple and Nick Erasmuson model the creation, A Couple of Shopaholics created by Rachel Cunningham and Ruby Dunne.

Outfits were made of a range of materials, including balloons, plastic bags, soft drink cans, vegetables, and parts of computers.

The winners from the competition will model their outfits at a showcase later this month.

Garin librarian Mandy Ditzel said the annual event reflected the school's dedication to the arts.


Sophie Moffat
BALL GOWN: Sophie Moffat models her design Football Fever, at the Garin College RAW fashion show.

"Creativity is part of who we are and creativity is something everyone has inside them," she said.

There was a dress from computer parts, including keyboard letter and data cables, and another from curtains called "We pulled it together". It took three days to hand-stitch together as the fabric was very thick, the creators said.

Kay Thomson, 15, modelled a dress she made herself, called Sweet Fantasy. It was the product of eating 6.7 kg of Fruit Burst lollies.

Her floor length dress made of wrappers stuck together, took her two weeks to make, but had three years worth of collected wrappers.

"I love the colour of them and thought it would be nice to put it together."

There were 1124 Fruit Burst wrappers and about 400 other wrappers, including foil Roses chocolate and chocolate coins wrappers.

And, after more of a facetious touch was Year 13 student Louie Persico who wore a green butterfly outfit made of a variety of found objects and "lots of staples".

The outfit was to celebrate his "journey and transformation" in which he flourished into a "beautiful butterfly".

Arts co-ordinator Lindsey Furlong-Taylor said the event was a great way to get all the students together. She said it wasn't just about performance, the school was also offering cupcake decorating, creating water bottle rockets and flax weaving workshops.

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