Designer takes aim at fashion show

20:10, Jun 13 2012
Pheasant Pluckers Ball
Ag Art Wear at Fieldays: Pheasant Pluckers Ball by designer Huia and Bettie Hudon.
Ag Art Wear at Fieldays. Dough designed by Nola Wallis.
Not For Sale
Ag Art Wear at Fieldays. Not For Sale designed by Kerri Trent Ranginui.
Chinese Chew
Ag Art Wear at Fieldays. Chinese Chew designed by Alice McIntyre.
Soldier of the Soil
Ag Art Wear at Fieldays. Soldier of the Soil designed by Sara Ellis.
Ag Art Wear at Fieldays. Ikran designed by Tessa Paaymans.
Ag Art Wear at Fieldays. Warped designed by Lisa Theron.
Tough as Nails and Carousel of Curiously Crafted Construction
Ag Art Wear at Fieldays. (Left) Tough as Nails designed by Alle Peterken and (right) Carousel of Curiously Crafted Construction designed by Kimberley Baars.

A shotgun wedding took place on a catwalk at Fieldays yesterday, much to the surprise of those attending.

But rather than nuptials it was an entry in the Fieldays Ag Art Wear fashion competition, which saw 43 garments from around the world displayed in a choreographed show.

"Shotgun Wedding" was designed by Whangaui's Sharon Bryant, who used 1000 shotgun cartridges, white silage cover, number 8 wire, recycled wood and a duck decoy to bring her creation to life.

She said the design was based on the Edwardian tradition that dictated marriage before babies and a celebration of the sport of shotgun shooting.

Shotgun cartridges were also used by Huia and Bettie Hudson from Taupo with their creation "12 gauge bombshell" – a traditional little frock complete with pillbox hat and stilettos.

Materials used to construct the garment included the brass ends of shotgun cartridges, pheasant feathers and cotton.

And in keeping with the shotgun theme was the Hamilton design by Nga Puti Puti O Te Roopu Raranga entitled "Just a boy called to war".

Hessian cloth formed the basis of this menswear garment that included hat, waistcoat, three-quarter pants and boots.

Mystery Creek event manager Sonya Anderson said the Ag Art Wear collection would move into Hamilton City on Friday night where a Fieldays dinner will conclude with the parade of all 43 garments at The Atrium, Wintec House.


Waikato Times