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Rural Women New Zealand WoolOn Creative Fashion Event – Winners 2017

Gore designer, Viv Tamblyn took out the Rural Women New Zealand Supreme Award in the Rural Women New Zealand WoolOn Creative Fashion Event held in Alexandra tonight.

Mrs Tamblyn won the Supreme Award and the Nu Dax Streetwear Award with her entry `A Touch of Copper’, a five-piece ensemble made from 100% wool featuring an oversized vest, bralette, pants, a jersey and beanie. The off-the shoulder jersey was hand-knitted and hand painted with splashes of copper. The oversized vest and the beanie were also hand-knitted.

“Copper has an addictive attraction. I was inspired by the resurgence of copper accessories in homewares and have portrayed this throughout my garments,” Mrs Tamblyn said.

The event was an outstanding night of fashion, glamour, creativity with audiences wowed by the talent of designers from around New Zealand and overseas. Other category winners announced last night were:

The judges awarded the following entries as winners of each category:

  • Rural Women New Zealand Supreme Winner – Viv Tamblyn – A Touch of Copper

  • Alexandra New World U23 Emerging Designer – Kimberly Ramsey – End of the Beginning

  • Nu Dax Street Wear – Viv Tamblyn – A Touch of Copper

  • Judge Rock Handcrafted – Daphne Randle – Tyla Pearl

  • Orora Kiwi Packaging Felted – Heather Kerr – Just Alice

  • Breen Construction Collections – Daphne Randle – Patterns in Paua

  • Design Windows Avant Garde – Laurel Judd – Hanging Gardens

  • The Courthouse Special Occasion – Maureen McKenzie – Natural Beauty

The judges awarded – Highly Commended in the following categories:

  • Nu Dax Street Wear – Erana Kaa - Hine Ukaipo

  • Judge Rock Handcrafted – Louise Cook – Don’t Tassel Me

  • Orora Kiwi Packaging Felted – Lia Martinez - Metamorphosis

  • Design Windows Avant Garde – Debbie Leung – Viva Pompoms

  • The Courthouse Special Occasion – Debbie Leung – Rosy Romance

The event opened with a spectacular short film produced by Brett Sanders of Matangi Station which connected the magnificent Central Otago landscape and wool production process with the incredible talent of designers who create something special out of wool fibre.

“I’m lucky to be involved with wool as a fourth generation farmer on Matangi Station. It was cool to film a bit of what we do on the doorstep of Alexandra and to be involved with WoolOn,” Mr Sanders said.

The event was run by a committee of local volunteers with enormous support from sponsors, local businesses and the community.

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