Having won prior challenges on Episodes 2, 4 and 6, Rebecca Stirm’s Episode 9 win makes the Belizean the ‘winning-est’ designer on Season 2 of Caribbean fashion reality series Mission Catwalk, which has seen participants from five Caribbean countries competing.
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After a visit to the Hope Zoo, 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. Rebecca chose the turtle because it is “an unusual and unique animal that people wouldn’t already have preconceptions about what a turtle- inspired garment should look like.” Using a kaleidoscope-patterned fabric similar to the pattern on a turtle’s shell, Rebecca created a gown with dramatic neckline while using layers of different fabrics in circular cutouts to build a skirt that would mimic a turtle’s shell while still allowing movement. For her second outfit, the kaleidoscope fabric was more prominent and used for most of the blouse, while the pencil skirt was in a monotone beige.
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The judges Keneea Linton-George - host and executive producer of Mission Catwalk; Novia McDonald-Whyte - senior associate editor lifestyle and social content at the Jamaica Observer; menswear designer Carlton Brown and guest judge designer Celia Levy commended Rebecca 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 JA$50,000 (US$583).
Unfortunately this week, Kesia Estwick of Barbados was eliminated. The St. Phillip designer had scored her first win two episodes back. Six designers are 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 Belize’s Rebecca Stirm. The lucky winner of Mission Catwalk Season 2 will also receiveJMD$500,000 courtesy of National Commercial Bank of Jamaica (NCB) to start their clothing line, industrial sewing equipment valued at JMD$200,000 courtesy of Singer Jamaica, a contract to sell their designs at SOHO boutique, a six-page fashion editorial in Ocean Style Magazine, a scholarship to pursue fashion program at London College of Fashion and an apprenticeship with master Savile Row tailor Andrew Ramroop.
Tune in to Television Jamaica every Tuesday at 8:30 PM for the newest episode from Mission Catwalk Season 2, presented by NCB, Supreme Ventures and Digicel. Each week’s episode repeats at 5:30Pm on Thursdays. Mission Catwalk can also be viewed on local stations in Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago. Viewers around the globe and watch the online stream at www.televisionjamaica.com/