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Local wetsuit designer to take on world’s emerging best Continued from page 1. “As Australasia’s only international emerging fashion competition, designers from the top fashion schools around the world are eager to come to Dunedin to network and to launch their collections on a global platform,” iD Dunedin Fashion creative director Margo Barton says. Gemma last year graduated from Massey University, Wellington, with a Bachelor in Fashion Design as a result of developing a range of wetsuits that are meant to epitomise what summer is about. Called the Pop collection, due to their resemblance to 1960s pop art, the designs are far removed from the blackness typical of most wetsuits worn regardless of the season. “I love colours,” Gemma says. “I was a competitive swimmer for 13 years, including ocean swimming, and wore wetsuits a lot. “I thought ‘why are they always black?’ That was my epiphany. “I wanted to make a point of difference and saw a gap in the market.” Gemma went with pink, yellow
and orange for her styles, which “look more summery” and used digital printing and laser-cutting techniques to perfect the designs, which include tear-shaped holes and psychedelic swirls. Massey University major coordinator for fashion Sue Prescott, who oversaw Gemma’s degree, says her entry is a “fantastic achievement”. “It’s wonderful she’s representing us. She’s competing against students from all over the world.” Gemma plans to start a business under the label Gemma Lee, with Lee being her middle name. The Strathmore Park resident hopes it will be based in Wellington – her father and brother also run businesses in the eastern suburbs – but she knows the real market for her products is Australia. “I’ll try to do as much as I can here.” The iD shows will be held at the Dunedin Town Hall on May 3 and 4. To check out more of Gemma’s designs go to www.facebook. com/GemmaLeeNZ/
Schools encouraged to get children moving this March School children and their parents are getting into gear for this year’s Movin’March – a regional campaign to encourage active travel to and from school, Greater Wellington Regional Council developed the campaign, which runs from March 5-29 and is supported by other local councils. Now in its eighth year, Movin’March aims to promote active travel to school – whether it be walking, cycling, skating or scooting. The council’s school travel coordinator Kirsty Barr says
there are lots of fun activities planned including the WOW Passport Challenge, back for its third year. “The WOW passport challenge is a popular highlight of the month. Students who walk or wheel their way to school get their passport stamped and go into the draw to win one of six $300 Avanti vouchers. There’s also a poster competition, WOW family day, parent photo competition and plenty of class activities to engage the children and also get them moving.”
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A model poses in one of Gemma Cornish’s four wetsuit outfits that will feature at the iD International Emerging Designer Show in Dunedin in May. PHOTO: Jessica Keane
“There are obvious benefits, the main one which is exercise, but there’s so much more they’re gaining. Children are developing connections, getting to know their neighbourhood including learning vital roadsafety skills. “This development helps a child break down barriers and build a positive sense of place,” says Kirsty. Movin’March is also for people who live too far away and have to use car transport, as they can use “Park and Stride” or Walking Pou.
“This is where we’re encouraging parents to find places to park that still give students the opportunity to walk a bit of the way to and from school. “We want all families to give it a go at least once during the month. But we still need schools to be the main focus for registration.” Any school in the Wellington region can take part and once registered they should try to get as many families involved as possible says Kirsty. To register go to movinmarch.com.
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