Get creative with fashion awards

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Orphans Aid International charity shop manager Kathryn Casey among a selection of fashion accessories which might be suitable for upcycling.

WHETHER it be upcycling a previously loved fashion accessory such as a piece of jewellery, a hat, bag or gloves, or using a garment or other type of material to create a unique wearable item, the Upcycle Fashion Awards organisers would like to hear from you.

A fundraiser for Orphans Aid International, charity shop manager and awards organiser Kathryn Casey is encouraging sewers, artistic people and charity shop staff to get creative.

The only criteria was it must be an original piece, she said.

The fashion show and competition will be held on Saturday, September 30, at Hansen Hall, Southern Institute of Technology, Invercargill.

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 can enter six sections in the upcycled section – open, wool, costume, vintage/retro, denim and accessories.

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.

Although not competing, there will also be a selection of steampunk outfits paraded on the catwalk. As well as the competition, charity shops, individuals and upcoming designers will have stalls with a selection of recycled and upcycled goods for sale.

The awards were “a great thing to be a part of”, Mrs 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.”

Competition entrants are welcome to visit the Orphans Aid Opshop on Spey St. “We may be able to help them out with free product for their entries,” Mrs Casey said.

Entries close on Friday, September 22, and forms are available at most charity shops or on the Orphans Aid International Facebook page.

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