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Fashion Awards Judges Announced

Thursday 01 January 1970

Denise L'Estrange Corbet of WORLD and Dr Margot Barton of the Otago Polytechnic School of Fashion have been named as judges at the Hokonui Fashion Design Awards. They will join hairdresser Mike Hamill and Kingston-based fashion designer Jane Sutherland on the judging panel at this year's event.

Awards co-ordinator Wade Paterson said both Corbet and Barton had judged at the awards before and the committee was thrilled they were returning.

"To my way of thinking WORLD is one of the most recognised brands not only in New Zealand but overseas. Denise just brings the expertise and an absolute passion for our event," Paterson said.

"We always aim to have someone from the top brands and someone locally and to that end we have asked Jane Sutherland and Margot Barton to come in."

Dr Barton is academic leader of fashion at Otago Polytechnic. 

Hamill has had a long association with the awards and let the hairdressing team until 2013.

Sutherland is a Kingston-based fashion designer.

Eastern Southland Gallery curator Jim Geddes would again judge the steampunk section.

Entries have now closed for this year's competition - but not before a technical glitch had Paterson fearing there would only be a few entries for this year's show after the awards website crashed.

"It caused a fair bit of angst but we've had it all rebuilt. We were worried the entries would all get lost in that place called cyberspace."

Entries were on par with last year and one school in the Wairarapa had sent 35 entries.

"We're absolutely chuffed with the numbers," he said. 

One had been received from a 15-year-old Singaporean girl.

"We've had entries from Dubai, India and Australia before but never Singapore."

Tickets for the shows, which will  be held at the Gore Town and Country Club on July 24 and 25, would go on sale at the Gore Visitor Centre on Tuesday June 30.

Article by Rachael Kelly
Published in the Newslink, 11 June 2015