July 03, 2014
Maori fashion comes to Mangere
Maori fashion will be on display this evening at the first Matariki Fashion Show at Te Wananga O Aotearoa- Mangere campus.
Organiser Nate Scurr says through whanau connections he has seen a lot of the contemporary Maori fashion that has gone on the catwalks of New Zealand Fashion Week and Indigenous Fashion unearthed in Melbourne, and he wanted to bring it to the community in south Auckland.
The show will include Rotorua designer Adrienne Whitewood’s award-winning Taniko collection as well as more recent prints that will be available to buy on the night.
There are wearable art designs by Shona Tawhiao and Maehe Ranginui, who incorporate harakeke into their work.
"Shows like Miromoda and New Zealand Fashion Week are providing a platform for these mediums where traditional meets contemporary, so while we are having traditional mediums, the forms of the dresses and the way they are sculpted is very contemporary and edgy, which is exciting for Maori fashion. It’s opening up doors for the next generation coming through," Mr Scurr says.
The event will also include entertainment by Whirimako Black and a showing of artist Onesian’s digital exhibition Seven Sisters.
It starts at 5.30 at the Canning Crescent campus, with entry by gold coin donation.
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