Gallery: Social butterfly Courtney has designs on a fashion career

COBDEN’S Courtney Mason was happy enough to finish her year 12 exams on Wednesday.

But the celebrations didn’t end there, with the 17-year-old named the senior winner at Spotlight’s fourth annual Student Design Awards on Wednesday night in Warrnambool.

The Cobden Technical School student made a full-length, hand-dyed silk dress with a fibreglass mask designed to be worn to a masquerade ball.

The dress’s beaded bodice represented the endangered blue mission butterfly and the skirt represented the butterfly’s habitat.

The sash was designed to evoke the delicate flight of the butterfly.

Courtney said she was hoping to study fashion design next year and the dress was made for her year 12 product design and technology class.

“The whole idea was a masquerade ball and fund-raising for endangered species,” she said yesterday.

“I chose the mission blue butterfly.

“Everyone did a really good job, it was a really high standard.”

The junior winner was Jorja Nieuwenhuizen, also from Cobden Technical School, who made a fitted dress featuring a crossover bodice, shoestring straps and high-low overskirt which could be removed.

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