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Design graduate in final four of fashion reality show


Zowie Heywood

Design graduate Zowie Heywood’s dream of launching her own fashion collection remains alive after getting through to the next round of the reality online TV series Libra Design Project.

Her survival on the programme, which screens on Television New Zealand’s website each Wednesday at 5pm, is dependent on public votes.

The series involves contestants in weekly challenges to test design and sewing skills, with the overall winner getting their own fashion show. Other prizes include the opportunity to display a mini clothing line of garments, a $1000 fabric voucher and $1000 cash.

Six started the contest but two have been eliminated by the voters.

Ms Heywood, 28, who runs a Wellington dressmaking business and accessories range, graduated with a Bachelor of Design from the College of Creative Arts in  2007.

She hopes other fashion graduates and students will support her by watching the programme and voting online. “I now have a full range of garments ready for production after a great deal of hard work and, if I win the solo fashion show and gain the PR through the show, I will be able to launch my first range around New Zealand in stores and the public will be able to buy my garments,” she says.

“I’m the only contestant without a back-up plan, as fashion is all I have ever wanted to do, so this is my chance to shine.”

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