The BERNINA Shakespeare Costume Design Competition is held in conjunction with the  Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand’s, Sheilah Winn Festival of Shakespeare in Schools.

The annual competition gives students a chance to put their skills onto the national stage by designing a costume for any character from a Shakespearean play.

Kevin Anderson, Country Manager for BERNINA New Zealand, presented the Awards at the culmination of this year’s Festival at Wellington East Girls' College over Queen's Birthday weekend
Says Kevin, “The standard of entries this year was exceptional.  We are delighted to see so many young designers with a passion for design and pleased to be able to give them something that will further their interest in sewing and a career in textiles and design."

The winner was Rachel McDonald, Wanganui High School with Titania from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Wanganui High School students also won 2nd and the two 3rd equal prizes.

For the full list of Awards and additional information on the event, please visit the Festival page

Rachel McDonald, Designer (Left)
Wanganui High School

Titania from A Midsummer Nights Dream
Anja Jeremic, Model (Right)



Cameron Kerr, Designer (Right)
Wanganui High School

Caliban from the Tempest
Jono Griffiths, Model (Left)



Bianca Cvitanovich, Designer (Right)
Wanganui High School

Rosalind from As You Like It

Sophie Gommans, Model (Left)

                 3rd equal


Lauren Parker-Fatu, Designer (Right)
Wanganui High School

Lady Macbeth from Macbeth
Joanne Valu, Model (Left)

                  3rd equal