Designs go full steam ahead
STUDENTS at Shearwater Steiner School have become skilled at creating “wearable art” over the years – inventive, wild costumes that have traditionally been paraded at an exuberant annual show.
So it comes as no surprise that the school's Years 8 and 9 classes have scored well in a fashion show in New Zealand that calls for exactly that kind of imagination and talent.
As part of a class tour of the South Island, the students designed and made outfits to compete in the annual Steampunk Fashion Show in Oamaru – well beyond quake range of Christchurch.
Steampunk is “a creative combination of Victorian-era fashion with mechanical/steam-powered gadgets that have science fiction overtones,” according to Shearwater teacher Josh Scott-Jouir, who is travelling with the group.
“To create this look, students worked with fabric, wood, jewellery, metal and greasy gears,” Mr Scott-Jouir said.
The rules behind the fashion pieces required that the students considered the world inhabited by their characters, a story that was narrated during the modelling of the costumes at the show.
The Shearwater contingent entered three pieces in the Steampunk event.
In the “adventuress” class was a Princess Ardjuno ensemble modelled by Analise Denney and Zoe Roskott, which took second place.
The “adventurer” entry was Peregrine Vasteron modelled by Rasa Lackey.
Teacher Greg Parkes created and wore a Red Dog Street Spiv costume, and won the audience award for his trouble.
“The judges and many of the audience said that they were blown away by the quality and style of work completed by our students,” Mr Scott-Jouir said.