Cathy Dalzell, from Picton, is no stranger to Trash Fashion, having participated in almost every show since its inception in Kaikoura.
This year she designed costumes for four different categories, and walked away with three first place awards on top of her third Supreme Award.
“I liked the idea of it but I didn’t know anything about it.
“I had to go away and do some research first.”
Dalzell had her work cut out to get so many costumes completed – she is self-employed and fitted the costume designing in on her days off or at night time.
She estimates she spent about 18 months on the two more complex entries, The Clockmaker’s Daughter (the supreme winner) and We Will Rock You, winner of the Workplace Wonder category.
Every individual item sourced or donated for The Clockmaker’s Daughter was incorporated into the costume, even down to the last tiny screws and cogs from the old watches, which she put into two small glass vials and attached to the jacket.
Even an old doorknob was used, and left-over scraps of each of the components then went into a suitcase as part of the costume.
A myriad of techniques were used to complete the look, with tumble dryer lint making a form of papier mache for the hats, and a cardboard pulp forming the props including the clockmaker’s key.
Old coffee cups, curtains, meat trays, canvas shopping bags and much more were included in the design, Dalzell said.