Bernadette Royer of Penville, and who resides at Castle Comfort was the winner of the 3rd Annual Courts Fashionista Fashion Show, on Friday 26th August 2016, at the Courts Dominica Roseau branch. Local amateur and professional designers were invited to create designs depicting a piece of furniture featured at their locations.
Eight (8) designers participated in the event. Three judges determined the winner based on Creativity, Presentation, Originality, Similarity between the sketch provided and actual design, Craftsmanship, Crowd response and biggest posse.
After the competition Royer said “It was awesome & amazing. Hard work pays off. There were lots of sleepless nights because the time was short, and I was sewing for a group, so I did not have much time to work on my piece until the very end”.
She had placed second in the 2015 Fashionista Fashion Show, and won $2500.00 cash, along with other prizes. She said her biggest challenge was “trying to defy gravity. If you notice my skirt was up, so most of my effort went into trying to get the skirt upside down, but the rest of it was like pretty easy”.
Royer said her design was inspired by a set of white chairs at the Courts store. “Last year, I had a circular table and chair, but when I saw the white chairs, I said that’s it. The thing is I don’t really like square things, and the base of the table has this interlocking rings. The architectural design really caught my attention”.
She expressed gratitude to her model Anya Pacquette, saying “even if you do the clothes, at the end it comes down to how the model sells the dress. You can have a good design, but your model needs to not rock it, so thanks to Anya Pacquette”.
Avena Prince, who won last year, placed second, and won one $1000.00. Olivia Charles placed third and won $500.00. The other designers involved were Irma Williams, Stanelle George, Esmeralda Joseph, Evan Balson, and Amanda Dejean, all of whom were awarded tokens of appreciation for their participation.
Courts says they understand the economic hardships facing some Dominicans, so they thought it was necessary to provide financial assistance to all participants, for the purpose of getting essential supplies needed to complete their designs.
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