CPIT Students Focus on Fashion

CPIT Workroom #2CPIT’s School of Fashion Technology & Design is gearing up for a busy six months ahead with forthcoming industry fashion shows and awards giving students and staff more than enough reasons to get excited.

Debut, CPIT’s first fashion showcase for 2009, will be held on Saturday, June 27 this year, and will be the first time third-year fashion students present their designs to the public.

Debut signals the end of each student’s work-placement under the guidance of one of New Zealand’s top designers such as Juliette Hogan, Federation, Trelise Cooper and Robyn Cliff.  Each designer has given their students a brief to create a collection, and it is these designs that will be on display.

Next on the fashion calendar is the prestigious Hokonui Fashion Awards on Saturday July 25, at which CPIT students perform consistently well. Last year, third-year CPIT fashion student Robyn Webb, took out top honours winning gold for one of her stunning designs.

“This year our second-year students will enter their designs in the Wool category of the awards. Every year we have won an award – last year we won the supreme award, so you never know, we could do it again,” says Niki Chrisp, CPIT’s programme leader for the School of Fashion Technology and Design.

CPIT WorkroomTo coincide with the fashion festivities, CPIT is also running its STAR courses for secondary schools involving fashion drawing and pattern-making programmes. Niki says these courses are particularly popular with students considering fashion design as a career, as it gives them an edge and insight into the fashion courses available at CPIT.

Evening pattern-making and drawing classes are also available for anyone wanting to pursue their interest in fashion.

In November, as part of CPIT’s highly anticipated Creative Festival, Ignition, all fashion students studying from Certificate through to Diploma level will showcase their designs in PITCH– a must-see attraction for fashion enthusiasts of all ages.

For more information on CPIT’s fashion shows and programmes, in particular, 2010 enrolments for the Certificate or Diploma in Fashion Technology & Design, see www.cpit.ac.nz, or www.ignition.ac.nz.


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