Festival crowd in for feast of fashion

17:00, May 23 2012

Imagination will be the only thing holding back designers at this year's Bluff Oyster Festival fashion show.

Entries for the Bluff Oyster Sack Fashion and Foveaux Fantasy sections are in and fashion show co-ordinator Ruby Briede said the crowd would not be disappointed.

"The quality of garments and creations is extremely high right through the categories," she said.

Primary and secondary schoolchildren will parade down the catwalk after working hard on their costumes before the open category showcases the talents of the region's creative designers.

"The only stipulation for the fashion show is the creations must be related to the sea," Mrs Briede said. "Interpretation and imagination can run free and there will definitely be plenty of colour and glamour."

The fashion show has always been an integral part of the festival with crowds eager to see what designers have created, Mrs Briede said.


"This is especially true with the popular oyster sack designs.

"There have been some incredibly beautiful and imaginative creations from a humble and traditional sack."

Last year's Supreme Fashion Award winner MaryAnne Christie said the festival offered designers in the region a chance to have their work displayed.

"I enjoy the challenge of combining art and fashion and the oyster festival provides an avenue to make this possible," she said.

Ms Christie said she hoped to use this year's Bluff Oyster Festival as a chance to prepare for the internationally acclaimed World of Wearable Art Show in Wellington in late September. neil.ratley@stl.co.nz

The Southland Times