Invercargill pair's tin cloak shows WOW factor

Two Southland women have been named as finalists in this year's Brancott Estate World of WearableArt awards show.

Invercargill designer Sally Davies has continued an impressive streak at the awards, being named as a finalist in the Air New Zealand South Pacific section.

Last year, she and her husband, sheetmetal engineer Chris Nutter, took out fourth place in the Avant Garde section and received an honourable mention. The pair had put in a "mammoth" effort during the past six months to create their garment, Korowai, out of salvaged ceiling pressed tin.

"A korowai is a Maori cloak passed down through generations, so we used the tin, which is more than 100 years old, to reflect the age of the cloak. It looked beautiful, it looked stunning," Ms Davies said.

The pair had cut the tin to make a necklace for their entry in last year's WOW awards and had this year decided to use that technique again but on a much larger scale, she said.

"I can't wait to see it on stage."

She is also eligible for a Shell Sustainability Award.

Also among the finalists was Lorneville's Denise Laurie, whose design, Lunar Duo , was named as a finalist in the Bizarre Bra section. She is also eligible for the first-time entrant award.

She could not be contacted for comment yesterday.

More than 160 garments from designers around the world have been selected as WOW finalists.

The awards show will be held in Wellington on September 28.

The Southland Times