Timaru fashion girl's bright future

Last updated 05:00 29/11/2012
Olivia Bloxham
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RAINBOW WALK: Design student Olivia Bloxham on the catwalk with models wearing pieces from her Colours of Us collection.

Olivia Bloxham
SUPPLIED/ CHRIS SULLIVAN
RAINBOW WALK: Design student Olivia Bloxham on the catwalk with models wearing pieces from her Colours of Us collection.

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A fashion student who hails from Timaru will showcase her colourful collection alongside some high-profile New Zealand designers in the 2013 iD Dunedin Fashion Show.

Olivia Bloxham is on track to graduate in December with a bachelor of design degree from Otago Polytechnic School of Design, majoring in fashion.

The 20-year-old's vibrant garments appeared on a catwalk in the Shanghai Fashion Week in October.

Now Miss Bloxham's Colours of Us collection, along with four other graduate collections from the school, has been selected from a field of 25 for the show.

Her collection was inspired by "everything I loved over the three years of studying", Miss Bloxham said.

"It's really a celebration of my experience in school," she said. "I always design with women in mind, the people around me . . . Each outfit has a different personality."

Her brightly hued designs feature leatherwork and silk with pompom accents made from nylon. "I've really identified with fashion history and the silhouettes of the 1950s," she said. "My other real love is working with different textures and textiles."

Miss Bloxham said she's planning to relocate to Australia in January and hopes to land a job in the fashion industry in Sydney or Brisbane.

"I'm hoping I can make some connections and impress the right people and go from there."

She will return for the Dunedin fashion show on March 15-16.

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