Fashion collections on top form at Colombo

Fashion collections on top form at Colombo

Sophie for Form

Cool and casual, "Arrested in London" by third year CPIT Fashion Technology and Design student Sophie Dinsenbacher designed to a brief by Karen Walker. Photo credit: Dave Richards Photography, Clyne Model Management, styling by Lexie Miles and Simone Thurlow.

Karen Walker, Nom*D and Lonely Hearts were some of the top New Zealand labels represented at the FORM 2014 fashion exhibition at the Colombo last week.

The industry leaders provided the creative briefs, while CPIT third year fashion design and technology students designed and constructed the collections. The students had completed their work experience with a range of New Zealand designers earlier in the year.

The event, which ran from 4 to 10 July, showcased student collections through photos, “lookbooks” and racks of garments.

The exhibition attracted a lot of attention in the centre of the Colombo shopping centre and students were pleased with the exposure their work got, programme leader Nikki Chrisp said.

Dave Richards, one of Christchurch’s best fashion photographers, worked with the young designers to create the striking images that made the event such a success.

CPIT’s fashion programmes are technically challenging and designed to produce versatile graduates who are prepared for this fast-paced and demanding industry. Working with Richards, whose customers include World and Ballantynes is another way for students to gain first-hand experience of the industry.