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Kapiliola Fonua (19) of Auckland, is this year’s winner of the Kleenex® Cottonelle® Paper Dresses Challenge. Kapi has defied gravity by making pohutukawa leaf-shaped lace out of toilet paper, and sewing it into the bodice of a whisper-light, fashion-forward dress which softly cascades into a profusion of petals.

34 trainee fashion pattern-makers from NZ Fashion Tech’s Diploma classes in Auckland and Wellington participated in the Kleenex® Cottonelle® Paper Dresses Challenge and have designed and made dresses of a quality that have fashionistas in raptures.

The top three designers’ paper-light, air-woven, fashion-forward dresses, made from Kleenex® Cottonelle® toilet paper, have just been shown on the runway at New Zealand Fashion Week’s five Designer Selection shows.

But for Kapi Fonua, the overall winner, the dream doesn’t end on the runway. He is now getting the opportunity to see his winning dress made in fabric and earn real dollars from his first client.

The auction closes on Sunday 23 September and the dress will then be made by the team at NZ Fashion Tech and handed over to the winning bidder.

At the close of the auction NZ Fashion Tech will confer with the winning bidder to discuss the colours and suitable fabric available to best suit the dress, and to give us their standard dress size.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity – start bidding for New Zealand’s favourite little white dress re-made in your colour and stock size.

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  • Seller location: Auckland City, Auckland, NZ

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