UCOL Fashion graduate shows at NZ Fashion Week

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Designs by Whanganui UCOL Bachelor of Fashion graduate Deryn

Schmidt will feature in a solo show during New Zealand Fashion


The big week - the highlight of the year’s fashion calendar -

will be held at the Viaduct Events Centre in Auckland from 3 to 7


Wellington-based Deryn will showcase her collection - described by

fashion commentators as "exquisitely tailored" - in her first NZFW

solo show, following an "outstanding" debut in last year’s

New Generation show. Deryn received praise for her ‘Joy of

Life’ collection in 2011 and is cited as one to watch again

this year.

Deryn has a strong preference for natural fibres to design with,

assisting to create a finished garment that both looks and feels

great. Her natural love of colour and stand out prints are also

evident throughout each collection.

Her passion for the fashion industry started at a very young age.

She initially learned crafts and sewing from her Nana, then went on

to complete the three year Bachelor of Fashion degree at Wanganui

Polytechnic, now Whanganui UCOL.

She then spent ten years working her way up the fashion ladder,

targeting fashion houses in New Zealand and Britain to acquire the

skills and knowledge necessary to turn her childhood dream of

becoming a fashion designer into reality.

Her dream was realised when the Deryn Schmidt label was launched in

2009 with her debut range for Spring-Summer 2010/11, titled Growth.

Programme Leader for Whanganui UCOL’s School of Fashion,

Amanda Rayner, says Deryn’s selection for a solo show in New

Zealand Fashion Week is a great achievement. "It was also great to

see the very successful debut of another graduate, Kelsey Genna,

during Wellington Fashion Week in April this year.".