With over forty semi-finalists this year, the competition was very strong. “The final decision on the order of the four finalists came down to how well the concept could be realised in construction,” said costumier Tina de Bes, “I looked for the practical aspects of how I could create the image into a costume, also taking into account the process of finding appropriate fabrics and colours.”

As Supreme Winner of the Competition, Sally received a cash prize from Bernina, and was automatically offered a place in SGCNZ's National Shakespeare Schools Production.

The winning costumes will also be displayed in Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition in London from mid July to early September.

Supreme Winner Sally Bollinger, Western Springs College and model Daniella Barbalich, wearing Sally's design for Titania from A Midsummer Night's Dream

Second Place design by Lucy Coombes, Waikato Diocesan School for Girls and model Jono Griffith, wearing Lucy's design for Puck from A Midsummer Night's Dream

Third Place Equal by Farrell Rees, Wanganui High School and model Sophie Gommans, wearing Farrell's design for Doll Tearsheet from Henry IV

Third Place Equal by Yeon Jae Choi, Westlake Girls High School and model Karah Sutton,  wearing Yeon's design for Cleopatra from Antony and Cleopatra

All finalists onstage, awaiting the announcement of the final standings 

All photos taken by Amy Schulz Photography