CPIT fashion student’s dress a success

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07 Oct 2015

CPIT student Abby Gottermeyer received the Ballantynes Fashion Week 15 award for an up and coming designer today (Tuesday October 6).

The CPIT Fashion Technology and Design student's garment was one of five selected and displayed by the iconic Canterbury department store during its inaugural fashion week, which ran October 1-6.


The design brief was "Ladies Day at the Races" to tie-in with Cup Day in November.

Gottermeyer's classic 1960s dress won the CPIT-only design competition by public vote. 

In the second year of her fashion design studies at CPIT, the 23 year-old said she wanted to start her own clothing label.

"I love dresses, and classic, classy styling. This particular dress was inspired by the shape of a vintage lamp," Gottermeyer said.

Her prize was a $350 Ballantynes voucher, a double pass to Ballantyne's Runway Wrap Party tomorrow night (Wednesday October 7) and a mentoring session with well-known New Zealand fashion designer, Karen Walker.

Fashion week included a "Backstage at Ballantynes" workshop and tour for the public, to go behind the scenes at the store and hear from people working in the industry.

Pending New Zealand Qualifications Authority approval, CPIT's Bachelor of Design programme will be offering degree-level study in a fashion technology specialisation next year.