Garments fitted for the Gore Hokonui Fashion Design Awards

On Saturday, Irene McCall, of Gore, fits Anna Brook, of Pukerau for the Hokonui Fashion Design Awards.
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On Saturday, Irene McCall, of Gore, fits Anna Brook, of Pukerau for the Hokonui Fashion Design Awards.

Models have been fitted with several hundred garments as preparations start for the Hokonui Fashion Design Awards in Gore.

Awards convenor Wade Paterson said designers' garments arrived on Wednesday from Invercargill Courier Post and the wardrobe team began unpacking them on Thursday and Friday.

There were more than 335 garments from 241 entrants across seven sections.

The majority of the show's models were fitted on Saturday and Sunday.

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There were some items that still needed to be fitted, mostly in the male section, because the models were unavailable, he said.

It was a busy weekend for the wardrobe team, who catalogued each item into the respective sections and added reference numbers for cross referencing on the data base and for the event's programme.

"It was a big job, but the progress has been pretty good so far," Paterson said.

Each garment needed to be built to a certain standard, making sure it could be put on and taken off in a hurry, he said.

Pre-judging for the show also began on the weekend.

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Garments not up to standard, or that had been seen before would be eliminated, Paterson said.

The pressure was on now to get the venue set up for the showing of the School Section garments on July 29 and the Open Section on July 30.

The judging panel for 2016 was announced as Auckland fashion designer Lela Jacobs, Kingston's Jane Sutherland, designer Anna Stretton and Auckland fashion designer Jimmy D.

Official judging begins on the Thursday and Friday before the show and winners from all sections will be announced on the nights.

A new Fantasia section has been introduced in place of the Steampunk section this year.

The Hokonui Fashion Design Awards will be held in Gore on July 29 and 30. Limited tickets are available at iticket.co.nz and the Gore Visitor's Centre.

 - Stuff

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