Wool ensemble with frock coat
Paul Chaplin received two nominations in the 1994 Woolmark category of the Benson & Hedges Awards. He won the award with a hand-dyed wool ensemble. This outfit comprises a long dress and a coat. Paul was influenced by the Edwardian frock-coat and used his tailoring skills to sharpen the silhouette, seamlessly incorporating the pocket flap into the front side panel to give a cleaner line. Paul drew inspiration from Māori leader Dame Whina Cooper when he designed the pendant accessory for this outift. He assembled the item by hand using beads from a vintage macramé belt, a handmade cross from a local carpenter and a wooden hei tiki. Although made with good intentions, the pendant has received mixed feedback.