Creations wow in Cromwell Trashion event

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LYNDA VAN KEMPEN

Taking their lead from Edie Affleck, Cromwell’s best-dressed hunters could soon be sporting high fashion garments straight from the catwalk.

The 8-year-old Cromwell girl was one of the youngest entrants in this year’s Central Otago Trashion show, which showcased outfits made from waste or recycled materials.

Edie’s offering was a skirt and top adorned with squares and triangles of different fabrics.

Although she enjoyed her first time in a wearable art contest, Edie is not planning a career in fashion design.

“When I leave school, I’m going to be busy travelling the world,” she said.

However, she is considering wearing the garment “when I go hunting”.

The outfit was one of 16 entries in the event, staged by the Cromwell Community Arts group on Friday night.

Edie and older sister Charlotte (10) spent about 20 hours working on the entry. They used pieces from their mother’s fabric stash and stitched it together after a lesson on using the sewing machine.

The entry, called Birds in the Wild, featured birds sewn on the front of the top. Edie modelled the outfit and her dance along the catwalk earned her the award for best performance at the show.

Other designers used everything from community newspapers to X-rays and hubcaps, to transform into wearable art.

The judges this year were Anne Lyon, Megan Huffadine and Chris Pickford.

Results:

Hats: Debbie Turpen’s Amazing Technicolour Dream Bonnet, 1; Gillian Shaw’s Kerbside, 2.

Businesses: Dunstan Hospital’s Panacea Goddess of the Universal Remedy, designed by Keitha Warren, 1.

Anything Goes section: Linda Bullard’s Rail Trail Re-Cycle, 1; Julie Morton’s Silver Tink, 2; Gillian Shaw’s Kea Awareness,3. Silver Tink also won most eye-catching entry.