westpac young fashion designer 2012

All the entries are now in for this year’s Westpac Young Fashion Designer Competition and the first part of the judging is complete.  This year the judging panel has four fashion luminaries to whittle the entries down to the ten required for the public judging.  With Dayne Johnston (Head Designer Zambesi Menswear) returning again this year – we know we are getting a judge with an international eye.  He is just back from Paris Fashion Week where he saw Maison Martin Margiela, Rick Owens and Raf Simons. He says he is looking  for “Cohesiveness within the collection.  Presentation is always key.  I am looking for something that inspires me.”  Judging with him are Amanda Linnell from Herald Viva Magazine, and Tina Moore from Remix magazine.  The wildcard judge this year is singer Zowie who is looking for “Something unique and fresh for sure!”.

The judges have done all the hard work wading through the many entries, and whittling them down to the ten entries we (the public) will be able to vote on.  The finalists are

Jessica Grubisa – Rags to Riches

Glen Prentice – Basis of Method

Glen Prentice, Auckland
A recent graduate of the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) at AUT University, Prentice’s contemporary women’s wear collection, Basis of Method, began as a personal examination of the most significant women in his life, deconstructed into their simplest and most austere forms.

Jack Hill, Wellington
A final year student enrolled in the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) at Massey University, Hill’s 90s-influenced men’s streetwear collection, Young Heavy, includes super-chunky knits and local imagery adapted into iconographic prints.

Jessica Grubisa, Auckland
A recent graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Fashion Design) at Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design, Grubisa’s collection, Rags to Riches, investigates the façade of wealth by creating entire garments out of shimmering tinsel and decorating others with an abundance of non-precious plastic gemstones.

Jomnarn Dul, Auckland
A recent graduate of the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) at AUT University, Dul’s trans-seasonal men’s wear collection, RYB, is a playful exploration of proportion, bright colour and multiple layering.

Kerry Wong, Auckland
An honours graduate of the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) at Massey University, Wong’s men’s sportswear collection, Sportsthéque, incorporates fluorescent fabrics and futuristic design details across a fast and casual silhouette.

Phillip Hawkins, Dunedin
A recent graduate, with distinction, of the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) at Otago Polytechnic, Hawkins’ avant-garde women’s wear collection, The Last, is inspired by images of abandoned modernist concrete monuments in desolate parts of Eastern Europe.

Samuel Ralph, Dunedin
A final year student enrolled in the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) at Otago Polytechnic, Ralph’s men’s wear collection, Red, is inspired by traditional farm wear and the abstract paintings of Mark Rothko.

Soohee Moon, Dunedin
A final year student enrolled in the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) at Otago Polytechnic, Moon’s rebellious women’s wear collection, Structure Meets Drape in Colour, contrasts the fluidity of water with the armorial structure of menswear in a vivid colour palette.

Stephanie Bellamy & Benjamin Markby, Auckland
A recent graduate of the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) at Massey University, Bellamy has formed a label partnership with Markby, who also graduated from Massey University with a degree in Visual Communication Design. Their first ready-to-wear collection, A Beautiful War, confuses lipstick tubes with bullet casings across hand-printed shirts.

Yun Do, Auckland
A graduate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Fashion Design) at Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design, Do’s hand-dyed, draped and distressed collection, Twists, has its origins in the traditional clothing and folk paintings of 18th and 19th century Korea.

Yun Do – Twists

For what it is worth, the collections are very solid and well thought out.  I have seen several of the finalists at their year end shows – and I do think Jessica Gruber is quite remarkable.  Glen Prentice has coat in his collection I would buy right now if I could. Yun Do has an amazing command of the fabric she has used for this project.  The wonderful thing about the entire competition, is that YOU get to decide who goes to NZFW.  The first three in the competition get to show at NZFW at the Westpac tent to a packed house.  The winner gets $5000, a personalized package of mentorship from an established Designer plus dedicated Westpac Business banking advice – as well as showing at NZFW.

Please go to the Facebook page HERE and cast your vote.  Voting ends 19 August so get on with it!

Jomnarn Dul – RYB

 

Samuel Ralph – Red

Kerry Wong – Sportheque

Stephanie Bellamy & Benjamin Markby – A Beautiful War

Phillip Hawkins – The Last

Jack Hill – Young Heavy

 

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