Fashion show raises funds for Whangarei's Women's Refuge

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Lily Alkut models a wearable art outfit by NorthTec student Delwyn Milich. Plastic bags were ironed together to create dimensions in colour then melted to form the top. The tentacle-like bustle is constructed of strips of plastic sewn and melted into tight curls. PHOTOS/JOHN STONE
Lily Alkut models a wearable art outfit by NorthTec student Delwyn Milich. Plastic bags were ironed together to create dimensions in colour then melted to form the top. The tentacle-like bustle is constructed of strips of plastic sewn and melted into tight curls. PHOTOS/JOHN STONE

Cutting-edge design and a good community cause have banded together again at the Whangarei Art Museum.

A sell-out crowd on Wednesday night supported Lost In Space: The Runway, the third such annual community fundraiser and the second to give all profits to Whangarei's two Women's Refuge Centres, Tryphina House and Te Puni o te Aroha Maori. The first Runway supported Project Promise.

The show's theme this year reflected the Len Lye exhibition at WAM.

While a stylish range of men's shirts, women's daywear, partywear and streetwear delighted the audience, NorthTec design students brought even more wow factor with a range of wearable art pieces made from plastic carrier bags.

Inspired by the Lye paintings, the collection pushed the boundaries of art and fashion, creating chic, playful garments, tutor Edele MacDonald said.

The pieces by students Adriana Hayden, Kuulei Werohia, Delwyn Milich and Chantal De Sousa are on display at the museum.

Other designers whose work graced the Runway were Charlotte Davidson, Jessie Rose, Julz Pyle, Tracey Harvey and Marcia Underwood of the Wonderwood men's shirt brand. While showcasing fashion talent, the event got off the ground through the efforts of show designer Andrea McKay, a senior stylist at Addiction Hair, and museum director Scott Pothan.

As well as a band playing in the foyer as guests arrived, the evening offered refreshments including food donated by longtime supporter of the refuge centres, the La Familia cafe. Other sponsors included belltech, Calders Design and Print, Cheers Wedding and Party Hire, Dress to Impress and Ovenbird coffee makers.

- Northern Advocate

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