Rangi Ruru student wins New Zealand Brother Design Stars competition
Rangi Ruru Girls' School student Jane Boyle, aged 16, has been crowned the Supreme Winner of the New Zealand Brother Design Stars competition.
This year, 12 finalists (6 fashion and 6 craft) were chosen from across the country.
Jane, who designed a jacket inspired by her style icon Iris Apfel, was called and told the great news while she was in Science class last week. She flew up to Auckland with her mother the next day for a photoshoot, all the while having to keep the news secret because it was set to be announced on TVNZ2's 'The Adam and Eve Show'.
Jane Boyle in her winning jacket
Rangi Ruru student Maddie Wall, also 16, was one of the top three finalists for the Fashion Years 10-13 category and has won some great prizes. Her garment (made of paper towels) will also be shown in the Graduate Show supported by Brother.
Rangi Ruru Head of Textile Technology, Esther Lindsay, says the judges described the entries from Rangi Ruru as being “of a very high quality”.
“It’s incredibly exciting for these girls, and we are all pretty excited by this news,” says Mrs Lindsay. “There’ll be some big names and a lot of fashion people seeing Maddie and Jane’s designs.”