Natalie Weaver won the judges' attention, but it was the combined effort of all the Fashion Technology and Design students that created a particularly accomplished and creative PITCH runway show for 2014.
Natalie's collection, Tough, was inspired by her mother and featured a neutral palette and echoes of pajamas and dressing gowns, taken to new sophisticated levels. Judge Denise Le'Strange Corbett from World was impressed with the "exquisite tailoring, flawless construction and beautiful fabrics" in Natalie's collection.
As their training is largely hands-on, the students must conceptualise, design and construct their ensembles from start to finish and then organise models and choreograph the runaway show. Some go as far as creating their own prints as well.
The third and final year students present an entire collection, which is their second collection for the year. While the mid-year collection is designed to a brief from industry partners they have completed work experience with, the brief for PITCH allows for imaginations to run wild.
And while creativity was abundant on the night, CPIT fashion programme leader Nicola Chrisp said she was pleased to see workmanship shining through. "Our programme has a strong focus on technical ability and this year showcased the skills the students have achieved. We want them to hit the ground running with confidence in any workroom in New Zealand, or overseas, and the calibre of our graduates does suggest we are achieving that," Nicola said.
Graduates have already secured employment with top labels such as Karen Walker. Former graduates have launched their own labels, such as Georgia Currie's Georgia Alice label.
Denise Le'Strange Corbett along with Megan McKee from Contemporary Lounge Ballantynes awarded Natalie Weaver with the Purfex Dressform – CPIT Industry Award; Ethel Chan was highly commended and Rosa Gill won Top Model.