First time nerves for students

07:58, Jul 25 2014
Hokonui Awards
DESIGNERS: Southern Institute of Technology first year Bachelor of Fashion students, from left, Beverly Smit, Chunping ‘Teana' Liu, Olivia Dowling and Leone Mason.

A group of eager fashion designers are entering the Hokonui Fashion Design Awards for the first time this weekend.

The first year Southern Institute of Technology fashion students were entering several categories.

Last month, their garments were shipped to Gore for judging and the results will finally be revealed this weekend.

GETTING READY: Southern Institute of Technology Diploma in Beauty Therapy students Georgia Hartley and Laura Caird.

It's been a long wait for the students.

Leone Mason entered the streetwear and recycled clothing sections.

"It will be exciting but nerve-wracking," she said.


Her recycled outfit was made from jerseys found in Invercargill op shops.

Chinese student Chunping ‘Teana' Liu said her outfit was inspired by traditional Korean dress called hanbok.

The fashion students aren't the only SIT students getting involved with the awards.

Beauty therapy students will be doing the makeup for the models.

Beauty Therapy tutor Gail Whalley said it was the fifth year the students had helped at the awards and SIT were proud to be associated with the fashion show because it was professionally run.

"This will give the students the opportunity to expand on their makeup training at SIT and to test out their creative flair, as catwalk makeup is very different to bridal or special occasion make up."

The students are still able to work towards their final makeup exam by collecting evidence from the models.

"I don't know of any other Beauty Therapy training provider that is able to participate in something this big with their students for the makeup component of the diploma," Whalley said.

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