Party time at wearable arts show

KIRSTY MCMURRAY
Last updated 05:00 12/10/2012
TARANAKI DAILY NEWS ONLINE

Lois Finderup talks to the Taranaki Daily News about the upcoming show.

Waiata Hohepa, 25, with her dress
ROBERT CHARLES/Fairfax NZ
PARTY COLOURS: Waiata Hohepa, 25, with her dress made of crocheted plastic shopping bags titled Summer Flower and surrounded by other entries.

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The audience at the Taranaki Daily News Fashion Art Awards tomorrow night is in for more than the party of a lifetime - they're in for the party of all time.

Party Through The Ages is the theme of this year's wearable arts extravaganza and each category will showcase party fashion from the 1920s to the 2000s.

Director Lois Finderup said the 143 entries which will be exhibited on the night are of the highest calibre and the entire production would be top class.

"We're going to take people right back."

Seven choreographers have been working with 100 dancers who will add extra pizzazz to the performance.

"They will really give the feeling of the era."

Mrs Finderup said the awards were still growing in their 11th year.

"It's getting bigger and bigger and better and better every year."

Tickets to this year's Fashion Art Awards one-night show have flown out the door, yet again proving the popularity of the event.

"They've sold out. It's the first time they've sold out this early, we've usually still got tickets left on Saturday."

She said the open sections of the awards had more entries than ever, but numbers in the kids sections were down.

"I think with the Olympics on this year the schools just haven't had the project time for it."

Categories this year include: Newspaper Art; Off the Wall; Recycled Art; Bizarre Bras; Glow Time and Party Time.

Preparation for the show hasn't all gone smoothly, Mrs Finderup said.

"We've had a few catastrophes."

One of the more unusual pieces, a bodice made from pieces of the Christchurch Cathedral embedded in a kind of grout, had suffered a similar fate to its source and taken a tumble and would have to be repaired before the show tomorrow night.

Fashion designer Waiata Hohepa, 25, said she had not run into any such trouble with her dress made of crocheted plastic shopping bags titled Summer Flower.

"When I was little my nana used to crochet plastic bags into tea cosies and I saw the recycled category and thought I could do what my nana did and use it to make a dress."

She spent days cutting the top and bottoms from hundreds New World and Pak'n Save bags and then shredding and linking the midsections of the bags to make a thread which she could crochet.

This is the third year Ms Hohepa has entered the awards.

"It's a really good way to express your creativity."

She said she wanted to enter all the categories.

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