Hokonui Awards winner awes fashion industry judges

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31 Jul 2017

It’s one thing to win the Award of Excellence Hokonui Fashion Awards, but to do it by uniting fashion industry judges in awe is another thing.

Ara second year Fashion Design and Technology student Marike Uys has done just that with her unique black box design, which opened up on the catwalk to reveal three-dimensional coloured panels.  

"Everything about it is just absolutely stunning," one judge commented.

The judges (WORLD fashion designer Denise L'Estrange Corbet, Donna Tulloch of Mild Red, Jason Lingard of Jason Lingard and NZ Fashion Week manager Janey Evett) were unanimous in their praise of the design.

L'Estrange Corbet admitted to being floored by Uys’ design at the event in Gore last Saturday night. Speaking to the Timaru Herald, she said the piece belonged on the international fashion circuit. "Nothing really inspires me any more - I think I have seen most things - but that did. I see it more as a museum piece. It comes out like a black box but when it opens up it's like a colourful pop-up book. You could see that in any fashion show in the world."

The construction and fabrication of the garment was "beautiful," she said. As well as the overall winning entry, Uys also won the Avant Garde section. The competition, in its 29th year, draws hundreds of entries from designers all over New Zealand.

Other winners from Ara included:

  • Kristie Mc Cormack won the ”Nightlife” section
  • Harrison Wong won the “Auaha” award (cultural)
  • Jess Posthuma  highly commended “Streetwear”
  • Ella Van Beynen 2nd place in both “Streetwear” and “Nightlife”

Uys, who is a former architect, was surprised by her win, but promised she had plenty more ideas.

Earlier in the year, she won a Christchurch City Council competition with a print design inspired by a creation for the 2016 Ara Pitch runaway show, which was displayed on a hoarding around the Old Post Office building in Cathedral Square.

Read more about the Hokonui Fashion Awards in the Timaru Herald.