Staying late at school and going in at the weekend paid off
for Bayfield High School pupil Emma Rogers-Bromley when she
won the steampunk schools’ award at the Hokonui Fashion
Design Awards in Gore at the weekend.
It took Emma about two months to craft her entry and when she
found out she had won it was “pretty amazing”, she said.
“I was like ‘Oh my God, I won’.”
It was the first time she had entered the competition, which
attracted 215 designers this year.
“I thought it would be cool and a good opportunity.”
She only knew a little bit about steampunk, after a visit to
Oamaru, but said books and the internet were a good source of
Emma worked on the two-piece ensemble, consisting of a skirt
and pants in one, and a corset-style top, in class time,
after school and on weekends.
She wanted to thank her textiles teacher Catharine Kan
“because she was good at motivating me and helping me work
Although unsure if a career in fashion design lay before her,
Emma encouraged others to enter the Hokonui awards because
“you never know” what will happen.