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Libby Shows at Fashion Festival

Have you got your keys to witness the revolution at the Inaugural Bottega Gold Fijian Fashion Festival? We are now two weeks out from the event and are excited for
19 May 2018 11:00
Libby Shows at Fashion Festival
From left to right: Avalon Pickering, Faraz Ali, Chairman of the Fashion Council, Mere Nailatikau wearing the gown designed by Libby Pickering.

Have you got your keys to witness the revolution at the Inaugural Bottega Gold Fijian Fashion Festival?

We are now two weeks out from the event and are excited for the fashion industry in Fiji.

With an all-encompassing industry outlook, the festival platform is set to support and bolster Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and assist in skill development.

The Festival begins with the Loloma Foun­dation Island Gala on the 31st of May—a charity dinner aimed at supporting the efforts of the Loloma Foundation; a char­ity organisation committed to providing sus­tainable medical, dental and infrastructure support to rural communities in the South Pacific who would otherwise have no access to basic healthcare.

The support shown to the national platform by the industry stakeholders is nothing short of amazing.

Our designers in particular have pegged their brands and their labels to the Festival and we are happy to have amazing and crea­tive designers showcase their creations on the Bottega Gold Fijian Fashion Festival runway.

This week, we sat down with Libby Picker­ing, the designer behind the label ‘Marama Elizabeth’, a label in our ‘Budding Designers’ category.

1.Tell us a bit about yourself and your background?

I was born in Sigatoka and am a mix of Indi­an, Samoan-German ethnicity and the young­est of 5 siblings. Been married to Grant Pick­ering for almost 30 years now and have two beautiful children – Avalon and Lewis. Aside from designing, I’ve been involved in the travel and airline industry as well as events management and project management.

2.How did you first get interested in Fashion?

Fashion was always in my life for as long as I can remember as my mum was not only an amazing seamstress; she designed her own frocks as well as ours (3 sisters). She was very talented and I’m very fortunate to have inher­ited some of her talent.

As a very young girl I learnt to stitch things together on my mothers Singer treadle sew­ing machine. By the age of 12, I sewed my own school uniform, which was a maroon pinafore – a V neckline and a 6 part skirt with a pocket on one side and a zip on the other. I loved sewing and attempted all sorts of things. I sewed for family, my children and myself as I enjoyed it.

My passion for design extends to housing and landscaping which I’ve been involved with through project management – cur­rently managing our AgriTourism Project in Taveuni.

3.What is your definition of fashion?

My perception of fashion is what is pleasing and acceptable to the eyes of those who ap­preciate the creation of art by a designer, be it garments, jewelry, shoes and other accesso­ries. What we create as a designer is our art.

4.What motivates you as a fashion designer?

As a “non seasoned – budding” designer, the factors that motivate my designs are history, environment, seasons, culture and what the general public are wearing in that particular place.

5.How do you stay up-to-date with fashion?

Again, depending on factors like I’ve men­tioned above including current fashion trends of different hemispheres.

6.What are you fascinated by at the moment and does it influence your work?

The current fashion trends of Fiji fascinate me and definitely influence the launch of my inaugural design collection.

7.Where do you see yourself/your brand in 10 years time?

Produced something special of out my pas­sion for fashion.

8.If you could go back and tell yourself one thing before beginning your career, what would it be? “JUST DO IT”

9.What drew you to show your designs at the Fijian Fashion Festival?

I was invited to show when I won a design competition with the Fashion Council of Fiji and Commonwealth Fashion Council earlier this year.

10.What do you do in your free time?

Catch up with friends or have some down time for myself.

11.If you could choose only one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?…

SADE – Sweetest Taboo

12.Any Advice for aspiring and young designers?

ACT on it … procrastination kills your growth and hinders your journey in life.

Purchase your tickets for the Bottega Gold Fijian Fashion Festival to catch a glimpse of Marama Elizabeth’s collection along with the new collections of Fiji’s most elite fashion talent including names like Aisea Konrote, Ilai Jikoiono, Rachel Fairfax, Elaine Taylor, Zelda Thomas and many more.

Libby’s daughter, Avalon. The garment was inspired by her.

Libby’s daughter, Avalon. The garment was inspired by her.

June 1 and 2 at the Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva; the home of the Bottega Gold Fijian Fashion Festival.

Source: Fijian Fashion Festival

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