The Stratford Art Society's "Fashion Frenzy" exhibition at the Percy Thomson gallery, opened with a fashion parade offering the audience a refreshing take on the mainstream concept of wearable art.
A variety of clothing was modelled, all with a design brief of creative and functional wear. From dresses made from tea bags or doilies, to felted tops and a jacket printed with a leaf design using nature's own printing, photosynthesis, the clothes on display were eye-catching and on trend.
The show finale saw Alex Merson, Miss Taranaki, dance down the catwalk in little more than a bit of paint. Alex had spent the day being body painted by the talented body artist Carmel McCormick, who was the creative skill behind the Air New Zealand "nothing to hide" advertising campaign. Alex says the experience was "really cool" despite it taking five hours to have the paint applied.