SIX New Zealand fashion designers has invited by leading Designer down and feather duvet manufacturer Novadown to design a one-off statement garment using duvet feathers,down and fabric.
According to Novadown, The result will be auctioned off on Trademe every two weeks from June to September, raising money to help dreams come true children with life threatening diseases through the Make a Wish Foundation .
Among the designers are :
Gisborne designer Sheryl May
She said her Summer 09/10 collection Glamazons, a very tribal-luxe range that accentuates femininity. “I wanted to respect the integrity of the raw materials given to me, the scuptural quality of the fabric and the talisman-like feel of feathers” she added.
Oly was launched in 2006 to create clothing that is Timeless with a wow factor. Their submission to this auction features a hand dyed dress with a 1920’s feel and straps inlaid with a peacock feather quills.
Wellington milliner Amy Jansen-Leen’s hat design for Fashioned Feathers features goose feathers on parisisal and ramie straw, embellished with Swarovski crystals. Her inspiration came from this line of a poem: “something told the geese to go, though the elds lay golden, something whispered snow.”
Jane’s stunning waistcoat submission for Fashioned Feathers based it on the idea that after a long day you may have the worries of the world in your heart (as demonstrated by the black waistcoat embroidered with leather feathers), but once you let sleep drift from your mind down over your shoulders (like the white feather epaulets), your heart is once again light.
St Clair Design, Dunedin
Dallas Cunningham and Lana Neumegen are the creative talent behind Dunedin’s St Clair Design, creators of stylish women’s apparel. Their submission is a high fashion garment with a strong vintage feel. “It has an emphasis on combinations of textures, with a double layer style with a net over lay on the bodice, a trademark feature of our designs,” says Cunningham.
Creative Director for the Carpenters Daughter, Caroline Marr experimented with proportion for her submission. “
We accentuated volume in the hips and bust through padding with feather down, and shoulder pads to resemble a curvier body shape,” she says.
“The pads were made in different shades and hand stitched together to resemble the textures of a wing,” she says. “The supplied duvet fabric was hand dyed and used as a contrast to the luxury of satin.”
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