As one of the lead-ups to the World of Wearable Art show, a number of shops throughout the city have created or  borrowed fantastic garments to exhibit in their windows. Behind the idea is a ‘mini competition’ with prizes and advertising opportunity, but for the passer-by, it’s like a rather welcome entrapment.
    This intense, swirling fabrication done in flax linen and dyed sea-grass is part of designer Andrea Clinton’s “Octavia Chiton” entry in the 2001 avant garde section of the show. The inspiration for the work came from the convoluted details of the chiton sea creature — sometimes called the ‘coat-of-mail shell’.
    Octavia Chiton is resident, for a while, at the boutique Identity at 41 Willis Street, Wellington.