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Fashion Student Nicole Linnell Wins Award at WOW Show

The awards which celebrate the very best in creative design from around the globe were presented in a star-studded ceremony in Wellington.

Fashion Student Nicole Linnell Wins Award at WOW Show

Fashion Student Nicole Linnell Wins Award at WOW Show

A garment made from old paint tin lids collected as a direct consequence of the Christchurch earthquakes by third-year fashion design student Nicole Linnell, has won the Shell Student Innovation Award in the 2012 Brancott Estate World of WearableArt Show.

The awards which celebrate the very best in creative design from around the globe were presented in a star-studded ceremony in Wellington.

It’s the third consecutive year that the student from Massey University’s College of Creative Arts continues to be awarded the Student Innovation Award worth $5000, following a success in the same group of Sophie Littin last year, and Luka Mues this year.

Ms Linnell deliberately made her assignment tougher by using objects which are hard to work with in creating her garment, titled Rise in the Ruins, which reflects the foundation of the paint tin lids.

“The recycled tin lids come from Christchurch and I love a brief history behind each lid especially now following the earthquakes. I feel the beauty is incorporated in the history and we can’t forget who we’ve lost and what we’ve lost.”

Nicole Linnell

Nicole Linnell

It was an instance of fourth time lucky for that 24-year-old whose success uses earlier attempts within the competition, including a third place this past year in the American Express Open section on her garment Proud to wear the Pinny.

Very first time entrant, fashion design graduate Rebecca Maxwell, won the WOW Factor Award earning $5000 on her garment, Noor Reverie, which is made from polyester, vinyl and fusing.

Another debut entrant and fourth-year student Sally Spackman, was placed third in mid-air New Zealand South Pacific section getting a prize of $1200 on her garment Powelliphanta Pine, which is made from pine needles, thread and glue.

Within the same section, third-year fashion design student, Kayla Christensen, received an honourable mention on her work Taniwha Abroad, prompting WOW founder and co-judge Suzie Moncrieff to notice how impressive it had been to have four designers in the Massey University design degree achieve this well.

“The tutors at Massey University come with an inspirational style of teaching, demonstrated through the consistent quality of the students’ work.”

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