Fourth win for Stirm on Mission Catwalk

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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HAVING won challenges on episodes two, four and six, the Belizean Rebecca Stirm's stitched to another win on the Caribbean fashion reality series Mission Catwalk last night.

After a visit to the Hope Zoo in St Andrew, the seven remaining contestants were instructed to design a gown for a charity gala and a second garment for a charity luncheon inspired by one animal from the zoo.

Stirm chose the turtle because it was "an unusual and unique animal that people didn't already have preconceptions about what a dress inspired by that animal should look like," she explains.

Using a patterned fabric, she created a gown with a dramatic neckline, and for the skirt created layers from circular cut-outs that mimic a turtle's shell.

For her second outfit the patterned fabric was more prominent and used for most of the blouse while creating a pencil skirt in a monotone beige.

Host Keneea Linton-George along with the judges Novia McDonald-Whyte, senior associate editor lifestyle and social content at the Jamaica Observer; menswear designer Carlton Brown and guest judge designer Celia Levy, all commended Stirm on the structure of her design. For Levy the fact that it was "wearable" was also highly appealing. Her high scores won her a feature in Style Observer as well as $50,000.

Unfortunately this week, Kesia Estwick of Barbados was eliminated. She scored her first win two episodes ago.

Six designers still in the running for the chance to show at London Fashion Week. They are Crystal Powell, Gregory Williams and Janel Jolly of Jamaica, Ryan Chan of Trinidad & Tobago, Kerin Scott of Barbados, and Stirm.

The winner of Mission Catwalk Season Two will also receive $500,000 courtesy of National Commercial Bank to start their clothing line, industrial sewing equipment valued at $200,000 courtesy of Singer, a contract to sell their designs at SOHO boutique, a six-page fashion editorial in Ocean Style magazine and a scholarship to pursue fashion programme at London College of Fashion and to apprentice with Master Savile Row Tailor Andrew Ramroop.


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