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Alanah Gib's Spider Web Dress nets Hokonui fashion award

Jul '08
A crochet dress that took more than 20 hours to complete won Alanah Gibson the $1000 knitted category award at the Peugeot Hokonui Fashion Design Awards in Gore on Saturday.

Miss Gibson's dress was made by crocheting strips of wool tulle fabric together and has a leather neckband. The fourth-year Bachelor of Design student says the spider web look is designed to reflect wanting something you cannot have or cannot get to. “It was all about reinventing something vintage. I wanted to bring crochet back and reinvent it so it was cool.”

Another of Miss Gibson's designs was highly commended, also in the knitted category of the awards.

Other students or recent graduates also had garments named runner-up in the awards: Sarah Dally (menswear), Wenting Zhu (nightlife); or highly commended: Rexy Sung (menswear), Sarah Dally (menswear), Bonnie Stevenson-Wright (Kiwiana), and Wenting Zhu (nightlife).

The achievements continue a run of success at the awards for Massey Wellington's students and alumni at the awards, which have been held for the past 20 years.

Fashion lecturer Nina Weaver says entering awards is always a worthwhile goal. “It gives the students something high to aim for and achieve, rather than just the academic side,” Mrs Weaver says.

She says entries by the University's students were easy to pick out. “When Massey University garments came out on the stage you could see the quality and intellect in the garment.”

Current or former University students took out four merit awards. They are Anna von Hartitzsch and Amy van Luijk, who are still studying at the Wellington campus, and recent graduates Rexy Sung and Samantha Croft.

Massey University

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