Ministry supports Pacific Fusion Fashion Show

posted: 11:57 am - 28th August 2017
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Otara Town Centre was transformed into high glamour Pacific fashion on Saturday evening.

Directed by Samoan personal stylist and owner of Kila’s Style Ltd, Nora Swann, the Pacific Fusion Fashion Show is now in its second year in South Auckland.

This year’s fashion show combined emerging local and international designers – bringing style confidence, attitude and personality to everyday people.

Featuring Māori and Pacific designers and models, Swann said the event targets emerging and aspiring designers at the start-up phase of their business, and who are either new to the industry, studying design at a tertiary level, have an internship at a design house, are self-taught, or working from home.

“The Pacific Fusion Fashion Show provides a platform for Māori and Pacific designers and aspiring models to showcase their talent. There’s no other place more fitting for the show than the Poly capital of NZ, Otara.”

Ms Swann has been organising community fashion shows and smaller events, and last year she made a breakthrough with an inaugural event staged at an East Tamaki car dealership, and she plans to have the fashion show at different locations every year.

The Otara Shopping Centre was chosen as a venue by Ms Swann, as she wanted the show experience in her neighbourhood.

With six years in the fashion industry, Ms Swann pulled off another successful show this year.

“This show represents who we are, what we value and what we are passionate about as Pacific designers.”

Last year, Tongan Olympian Pita Taufatofua, more popularly known as the oiled up Tongan flag bearer, wowed viewers in his appearance on the Pacific Fusion Fashion catwalk.

This year 32 emerging Pacific models joined special guest, actor and winner of the 2014 International Face of Beauty pageant Diamond Langi on the catwalk.

The Pacific Fusion Fashion Show was the perfect event to lead into NZ Fashion Week.

The Ministry were among other sponsors that supported the Pacific Fusion Fashion Show, which displayed Pacific fashion on the catwalk and empowers Pacific entrepreneurs and designers.