CPIT fashion student in fine FORM for Hokonui Fashion Design Awards

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15 Jul 2015

Award winning young designer and CPIT student Heather Brennan-Evans will use the garments she designed for this year's FORM exhibition to defend her 2014 titles at the Hokonui Fashion Design Awards later this month.

The third year Diploma in Fashion Technology and Design student won the street wear section as well as young designer of the year at the iconic Gore event last year. She has based this year's design on garments she created for signature CPIT fashion event, the 2015 FORM exhibition, held July 4-9 at The Tannery in Christchurch.

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Heather's designs for the FORM fashion exhibition.

While it was a big call going onto another project like the prestigious Hokonui awards hard on the heels of FORM, Brennan-Evans said she believed in taking every opportunity for exposure and experience.

"I like to be creative, to push myself and to build on what I've done in the past year," Brennan-Evans said.

She will select garments from her FORM collection that highlight "the sort of material that people think is cheap but I like because of its naturalness". These creations feature embroidery, draped calico and cotton knits, in shades of green, grey and olive.

The Hokonui awards will be held on July 24-25. 

Since her big win last year, Brennan-Evans has done work experience with Auckland-based fashion designer Liz Wilson's studio and Eugenie fashion label in Ponsonby. Students worked to a brief provided by their work-placement mentor for the FORM collections.

"Creatively we are on a similar wave-length. I was really inspired by her, and her aesthetics, and how she runs her business," Brennan-Evans said.

Students were already planning for the end of year fashion show PITCH, which presents work by all students in CPIT's fashion programme, from first to final year.

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Heather Brennan-Evans and her mother Christine at the FORM exhibition.