Feb 26, 2019

Hokonui Fashion Design Awards - School Section and Young Designer Award

  • Crimson Education
  • Gore, New Zealand
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The Hokonui Fashion Design Awards are the longest running fashion design awards of their type in New Zealand. This year, 2019, will be the 21st anniversary of the event. This event is held in Gore, New Zealand in late July. The awards are powerfully established as a key event on the national fashion calendar and continue to attract entries and interest from throughout New Zealand.

Entrants are required to design and enter a garment of their own choice in the fabric/fibre suitable to the section they are entering for.

Since 1988, the awards have been a competitive platform for all amateur fashion designers to showcase their designs in front of well-regarded industry leaders.

Over the preceding years the judging panel has included Karen Walker, Nic Blanchet, Francis Hooper, Trelise Cooper, Kate Sylvester, Liz Findlay, Doris Du Pont and Margi Robertson (of NOM*d).

The entries for the 2020 Hokonui Fashion Design Awards open on 1 February.

Fore more information visit the official website here

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range




Garments are judged on:

• Fashion trend and design expressed
• Cut and finish
• Compatibility of fabric/fibre and design
• Innovation and originality
• Total look

The Judges decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
It is quite competitive because the judges have a large number of contestants to judge on the outlined criteria. There are only a few prizes to be awarded.

Participation Cost


$50.00 for each entry.
$65.00 for each ‘Collections’ entry.
School Section (Primary-Secondary): $20.00 for each entry.

Minimum Technical Skill Needed


The ability to make garments.

Time Commitment


The event is once a year but will require preparation for making the garments to enter. The time will vary depending on the participant.

Application Deadline

Entries open on 1st February 2020 and the deadline is 1 June 2020.

Application Process Includes

Entries can be made online: https://www.hokonuifashion.co.nz/entry-information

Garments must be new and made within the past twelve months and NOT have been shown at any other competition. Garments must not have been worn to any function i.e. School balls, parties etc. Garments shown at graduation shows are allowed. School Entry garments that have been previously entered in their school Make and Model Shows are also allowed, as long as they did not win.

Garments made under licence or commercial label in New Zealand are not eligible. Organisers reserve the right to accept or reject any entry under
this clause.