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Selwyn Students Soar Again in Auckland’s ‘Trash to Fashion’
Once again we have exciting news about Selwyn students soaring over others in Auckland - this time as winners in the Trash to Fashion Competition held last weekend. A massive congratulations to Ilma Dzebhanic and Mai Merimo who won not only their category ‘Unveiling Europe', but also the Supreme Overall Prize.  The winning garment was modelled by Sheila Dzebhanic. Our other finalist Kristina Pollard-Wallbank in Year 9 also won her category and also deserves our fullest congratulations.  A special thank you to teacher Natasha Bagley for her magnificent and tireless support of all the students who entered.

The inspiration for Ilma and Mai’s garment came from old Victorian Britain - in the buildings and sculptures that still stand as well as the fashion from the era shown in portraiture art in the galleries and Shakespeare's poetry. It was made from re-purposed interior fabric samples, old clothes, a curtain lining, a second-hand clock & picture frame, plus some broken mannequin parts. The girls explored a lot of different techniques to construct their garment including making a non-toxic flour based glue, patchwork and collage. They also upcycled and recycled an impressive array of trash. The mannequin arms were surplus to requirements and missing a body, so were donated by the Salvation Army Op Shop on Dominion Road who enthusiastically supported the ethos of the competition. 

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