BDA's garments displayed at Botany Town Centre BDA's garments displayed at Botany Town Centre CREDIT: Botany Town Centre


Thursday 8 October 2015, 10:12AM
By Alexander PR



The second annual Botany Design Awards (BDAs) has come up trumps with 85 garment submissions from students Auckland-wide. For the past few months, BDAs entrants have been elbow-deep in fabric, patterns and ideas in the hope of taking home first prize which will set one young designer well on their way to a career in fashion.


After designing, making and tailoring their creations, students and locals can delight in seeing months of hard work on display at Botany Town Centre. As part of their competition, the BDAs entrants are now able to see the result of their creative flare displayed at Botany Town Centre from 28 September to 11 October, 2015.


Students are asking members of the public to get involved by placing a vote for their favourite garment design, which will result in one lucky young designer being crowned the BDAs People’s Choice winner. The BDAs People’s Choice winner will receive a $500 Botany Town Centre gift card and a Purform tailors form worth up to $800.


Students, teachers and BDAs organisers alike are excited to see the garments on display in- centre after rigorous planning and designing. After a three week display period, the BDAs will conclude in an awards and fashion show at east Auckland’s Botany Town Centre on 19 October.


Judging this year’s garments are Meegan Pollock (Centrepoint Fabrics), Adele Krantz (fashion photographer), Vere Sharma (Ruby) and Paige Carlyon (2014 BDAs winner).


Botany Town Centre senior marketing manager, Desiree Clark says, “The BDAs provides students with an unparalleled avenue to showcase their creative side and display their designs for the thousands of people who walk through Botany Town Centre, which has elements of a real-life fashion industry setting. We can see so much hard work and passion has gone into the designs and look forward to seeing the people’s reactions and which they choose as their favourite.”


Last year’s inaugural Botany Town Centre Botany Design Awards saw winner Paige Carlyon take home an NZ Fashion Tech scholarship and, since starting at the fashion school in March this year, has been learning and enjoying every minute of it.


“I have absolutely loved my time at NZ Fashion Tech so far. The tutors, the students – everyone – has been so helpful and friendly and I’ve learnt so much. It’s a great school with so many opportunities to learn all the technical stuff - my craft, creativity and hardworking nature have all really improved. We get a lot of freedom to design what we want, that’s probably what I like most – I don’t like working from patterns!”

Voting can be done either in-centre at Botany Town Centre (garments are displayed through the centre), or via the BDAs online voting page:


What is the BDAs?

The BDAs offers two design categories (Urban Wear and Occasion Wear), and each will be judged on different criteria.


Urban Wear will be judged on ‘on trend’ or ‘technically skilful’, and Occasion Wear ‘flair, elegance and originality’ or ‘technically skilful’. Both categories will have individual year level winners (Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13), each of whom will receive a $500 Botany Town Centre gift card. In addition to the individual category winners and the People’s Choice award, one young designer will be chosen as the overall winner and receive the following:

$2,000 scholarship to NZ Fashion Tech;
$1,000 Botany Town Centre gift card;
A Purform tailors form worth up to $800;
Work experience at Ruby;
Brand and label design by Ideology.