Budding designers encouraged to enter upcycle award show

ORGANISERS of this year’s Southland Upcycle Awards are encouraging sewers and charity shop staff to get creative.
‘The only criteria is it must be the first time an outfit has been
shown…’ Organised by Sharleen Kiff and Lisa Hook, the fashion show and competition will be held in September, with proceeds to Orphans Aid International (OAI).
This year’s event has two sections — restyled fashion, where staff from local charity shops can submit up to three outfits to be modelled on the catwalk, and upcycled fashion, where outfits must be made from reused materials.
Designers have the opportunity to enter six sections in the upcycled section — wool, onesies, accessories, costume, denim and open.
‘‘The only criteria is it must be the first time an outfit has been shown, but I am also hoping this event will be a way to introduce budding designers to the public,’’ Ms Kiff said.
The judges would evaluate the garments, assessing the creative reuse and upcycling of materials, overall aesthetic and fashion appeal, and wearability and construction, she said.
‘‘There will be prizes in each category, plus a best overall and a most commercial.’’
As well as the competition, charity shops, individuals and upcoming designers would have stalls with a selection of recycled and upcycled goods for sale.
The awards were ‘‘a great thing to be a part of’’, OAI charity shop manager Kathryn Casey said.
‘‘It’s great for the community and to support the recycling concept, as well as being a fun way to see what people can make out of some of the stuff we sell.’’
Each competition entrant would be able to select free items from a table set aside in the Spey St shop to upcycle for the event, she said.
Í Southland Upcycle Awards, Saturday, September 10, Hansen Hall, Southern Institute of Technology, Invercargill. Entries close Friday, September 2. Entry forms are available at most charity shops.

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