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Getting ready . . . Caroline Bay Rock and Hop Wear Your Parts committee member Carmen Hayman will also take part in the event with her Kombi van-styled costume. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

by Greta Yeoman

Creative costumes with a vehicular theme will take centre stage at next week’s Caroline Bay Rock and Hop.

The popular Wear Your Parts competition is set to return as part of the three-day event next weekend – and one creator is both an organiser and a participant.

Carmen Hayman, who is a committee member for the Wear Your Parts competition, is also to make her debut in the contest.

She has been creating a VW Kombi van-styled costume, complete with working lights, a dress that doubles as the awning on the classic vehicle design and even a back window wiper.

Costumes entered in the event will be shown off at the SBS Wear Your Parts Preview Party at the Caroline Bay Hall on March 15, as well as a public catwalk show and prizegiving the following day.

Ms Hayman said while she has been sewing for a job for close to 30 years, the wearable arts competition would be a new avenue for her skills.

“I’ve always been a creative person.”

She said the most difficult part of the process was coming up with an idea.

The Kombi idea came after she saw a photo of the early people-mover on social media and it sparked the inspiration for her design.

She was also pleased to be using a colourful car, as many of the costumes entered in previous years’ events had kept to the classic car colours of black and silver.

“I wanted to do something bright.”

Her costume was not complete when The Courier visited on Monday, but she would be working hard over the next week to ensure it was done in plenty of time.

Ms Hayman said she had not planned on entering to win it, only to support the work of the Rock and Hop team and South Canterbury Hospice.

The only criteria for entering the event is that the costume includes at least one car, caravan or motorbike part.

South Canterbury residents can see Ms Hayman’s costume and other outfits at either the SBS Wear Your Parts Preview Party on Friday, March 15, or at the public catwalk and awards ceremony at Caroline Bay on Saturday, March 16, which will start at 12.30pm.