Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 6:30pm
Be treated to a spectacular night of fashion and performances celebrating Matariki and contemporary Maori art.
Named Te Ao Hou, which means The New World, the show is one of the key events of Tauranga Moana’s Matariki 2015 Festival. The show is hosted by the Tauranga Art Gallery in collaboration with Tauranga Libraries and the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.
Street wear, avant-garde, and harakeke couture will take centre stage on the catwalk with models wearing creations designed by renowned Maori fashion designers Jeanine Clarkin, Christopher Huia Woods and Shona Tawhiao.
Jeanine is best known for producing garments from recycled fabric. Her brand Jeanine Clarkin Design was established in 1994, and she was responsible for dressing Keisha Castle-Hughes for all her Whale Rider premieres in 2002.
Originally from Tauranga but now based in Auckland, Shona Tawhiao is a celebrated fashion designer and flax weaver whose exquisite work has been recognised nationally as well as in Europe, Australia and the Pacific.
Shona’s work is mahi raranga mahi toi, and she has created this collection as haute couture and expressions of contemporary art. She will take the garments from her current exhibition Te Whare Tawhiao from the mannequins to the models.
Christopher Huia Woods, who showed at Vector Arena during the Rugby World Cup in 2011 and created the gown for Miss New Zealand to wear in the Miss World final in South Africa, says his collection is inspired by the colours of Aotearoa.
Live music, kapa haka and other performances will add to the atmosphere of the evening, and the middle part of the show is reserved for garments created by Bachelor of Creative Industries students from the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic lead by fashion design tutor Donna Dinsdale.
Please note: The event has sold out!