A fashion show with a difference hit New Plymouth last night, complete with show-stoppers and fashion disasters.
The Dress Factor competition, organised by Dress for Success New Plymouth, saw six two-person teams strut their stuff down the catwalk, all in the aid of educating the 50-strong audience of the dos and don'ts of what to wear to a job interview.
While one team member dressed in what they considered to be appropriate work wear, the other channelled the less attractive look.
Each team was scored on creativity, originality and their overall commitment to the competition's theme.
Judges on hand for the event, which was held at Centre City, were Taranaki Chamber of Commerce general manager Judith Gilmer and lawyers Pamela Jensen and Turitea Bolstad.
Team Tart and Try Hard, comprising Dawn Ogle-Pearce and Beverley McLean, beat out the other competitors to win a High Tea experience with Annah Stretton.
The duo heard about the competition through Mrs McLean's employee and said it sounded interesting.
"We entered to have a bit of fun," Mrs Ogle-Pearce said.
Dress for Success is a world-wide charity designed to help disadvantaged women into employment.
The New Plymouth branch has been open since November 2012 and is one of seven based in New Zealand. There are 130 other locations worldwide.
Dress for Success New Plymouth programme manager Marie Nagle said her service helped, on average, two women a week get work ready.
She said she now wanted to set up a mentoring service for clients in order to encourage women on to a career path rather than just being in a job.
Deena Coster is a Witt journalism student.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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