Donna Dinsdale is the programme co-ordinator of the fashion department at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.
Q: What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe and why?
A: I don't have a favourite piece and often pull out a piece that is a few seasons old to mix and match with the new.
Q: How many pairs of shoes do you have?
A: In the winter I love boots and have about 14 pairs in a range of colours, but of course my favourites are black.
Q: What are your wardrobe basics?
A: A lot of black pieces, this seems to be a New Zealand favourite and is very versatile and easy to wear.
Q: What do you wear to work?
A: Black, black, black!
Q: What's your weekend "uniform"?
A: Very casual and relaxed, if you saw me in the supermarket you probably wouldn't recognise me.
Q: What's your oldest piece of clothing?

A: It is not a garment, but a neckpiece that I made from my mother's and grandmother's vintage buttons, some dating back to the 1920s, very sentimental and a real treasure.
Q: What's the latest piece you've bought?
A: If time permits I try to keep my wardrobe updated by designing and making original pieces, but I recently treated myself and purchased a lovely printed silk tunic from Stitch Ministry.
Q: What accessories do you use?
A: I am quite minimal with accessories, but I do love scarves and have quite a collection ranging from vintage to current.
Q: Which piece of clothing could you not do without?
A: Black tights and black slips for layering.
Q: What's the most you've spent on an item of clothing?
A: I do have a very nice Trelise Cooper jacket ...