Wendy Petrie’s model photos discovered

Wendy Petrie at the 2018 New Zealand Television Awards. Photo/Norrie Montgomery

These days she’s known for presenting TV news, but in the 1990s you were more likely to find Wendy Petrie on the fashion catwalks.

The broadcaster has shared archive photos from her modeling days as she prepares for the fashion event of the year in Auckland next month.

She will present Fashion for a Cure at Shed 10, alongside Petra Bagust and Antonia Prebble. The dinner will feature the latest collections from 26 New Zealand designers.

Petrie modeled while juggling journalism studies, which propelled her into television.

Wendy Petrie, far left, when she was a model.  Photo / Provided
Wendy Petrie, far left, when she was a model. Photo / Provided

Her favorite was the iconic Benson & Hedges Fashion event in the early 90s. She shared a photo of herself at the event with fellow model Hayley Brooke, a fashion industry stalwart and wife of the fashion industry. former All Black Robin Brooke. Also pictured were Stan Wolfgramm, an actor and producer who also ran Auckland’s annual Pasifika Festival, and Jane Fullerton-Smith, now a celebrant and funeral director.

Petrie modeled while in school.  Photo / Provided
Petrie modeled while in school. Photo / Provided

“It was so glamorous and I loved it because a lot of my friends were involved,” Petrie told Spy.

“We were flown to Wellington and stayed in a lovely hotel. It didn’t take much to please us.”

Her co-hosts also graced the track themselves. Bagust says she was a terrible role model in her freshman year in college because she talked too much.

Many moons ago, Prebble attended New Zealand Fashion Week for the Brady label and says she was so nervous about falling out of her high heels that she stuck them to her feet.

The fashion event is Breast Cancer Cure’s biggest fundraiser to date, with hundreds of guests expected to celebrate the charity’s 25th anniversary.

In true Hollywood style, the trio will change their looks throughout the night. Petrie has some stunning red carpet looks up her sleeve. Bagust and Prebble will twinkle and twinkle in Hailwood and Trelise Cooper.

“Why have one outfit, when you can have two? Prebble said to Spy.

The three are well known for being trendsetters and are the first choice of Kiwi designers for front row seats at their shows.

From left to right: Wendy Petrie, Petra Bagust and Antonia Prebble
From left to right: Wendy Petrie, Petra Bagust and Antonia Prebble

Petrie is a charity champion and will host a fashion event for them later this year in Christchurch. Prebble is a relatively new addition as an ambassador for Breast Cancer Cure and held her first Fashion for a Cure event last year.

Bagust has been a BCC ambassador for 20 years and loves the mix of charity and wellness fashion.

Breast Cancer Cure CEO Sonja de Mari says she is honored to have such an impressive list of top New Zealand designers come together to support the 25th anniversary event.

“New Zealand’s breast cancer statistics have such an impact on our country, with one in nine Kiwi women affected in her lifetime by this disease. It affects so many people: friends, mothers, sisters, aunts, clients. Breast cancer also affects men too.”

Stars to watch at night include Hailwood, which promises special glamor at night; Juliette Hogan, who says this will be their most colorful collection with subtle nods to the 70s, ranging from bright pink to sunset gold tones; and Caitlin Crisp, who promises to turn heads with a bold use of color and print.

Leading New Zealand shoe designer Kathryn Wilso, who will work with BCC on her show in Queenstown later this year, also promises a bold palette with a good mix of metals.

Colorful DJ Arii Jade, famous for her purple hair, will feel right at home as she gets guests into the groove at night.

Meanwhile, this Thursday evening will see the closing of an era, with Dame Pieter Stewart ending her 22+ year job with New Zealand Fashion Week, alongside her daughter Myken.

She throws a celebration of the decades, with a thank you party at John Andrew Ford’s in Newton. Dame Pieter sold New Zealand Fashion Week last year to Canadian firm Feroz Ali, which has other assets in New Zealand including Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design.

Tickets for Fashion For a Cure can be purchased at: breastcancercure.org.nz/auckland-fashionforacure

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