Wintec Fashion Students Impress Judges at Runway Show

Wintec fashion design students showcased their collections to the public at the Waikato Times Tempo Annual Fashion Runway show in Hamilton this week.



More than 450 people from around the region flocked to Wintec House to witness the showcase of garments designed by first and second year Diploma in Fashion Design and Practice students.

The Ruby award for Most Commercial Range (second year student) went to Kohia Tarapata for her high-end luxurious collection, Salts of Sahara.  Tarapata received a two week apprenticeship at the Ruby design head-office and a $300 voucher from ruby.

Grant Davy took out the Waikato Times award for Most Promising Year 2 student with the judges commenting that his collection displayed strengths far beyond a student.

Ari Brown received the Waikato Times award for Most Promising Year 1 student.

The student’s collections were a culmination of their work from 2012. Alongside Wintec student designs were collections from local companies including NYNE, Annah Stretton and Ruby, and Liam.



Local models showcased the garments and Wintec hairdressing and beauty students provided hairdressing and makeup services.

Earlier in the semester, the students received encouraging words from well-known stylist and fashion editor of The New Zealand Herald’s weekly publication Canvas, Dan Ahwa in the lead up to the show.

Student Mitchell Vincent said, “It was really inspirational listening to Dan. He gave us the drive and motivation we need to get things ready for our runway show.”

The runway show is one of the media arts showcase events taking place over the next week.



Other exhibitions include film screenings, graphic design, digital media, interior design, painting, sculpture and photography exhibitions. These events are free and open to the public.

For the full list of events, CLICK HERE.

Wintec’s Diploma in Fashion Design and Practice offers knowledge in all aspects of fashion design and construction, technology and manufacturing methods, production and distribution and marketing and business processes. It is a two year programme. For more information or to enrol, CLICK HERE.


Images: Mark Hamilton

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