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Wearing Fiji’s First Show A Success

The focus for the fashion project was to focus on fashion mentoring and education by connecting aspiring student designers with established designers in Fiji. The show drew its inspiration from the crimson shining parrot. The species is endemic to the islands of Kadavu and Ono in the Kadavu Group and it is also known as the ‘kakula’.
12 Sep 2020 10:53
Wearing Fiji’s First Show A Success
Models at the Wearing Fiji Fashion Show at the GPH on September 5, 2020. Photo: Bau

The inaugural Wearing Fiji Fashion Show was a sellout.

Held at the Grand Pacific Hotel past Saturday with more than 50 guests attending the show was a success.

The focus for the fashion project was to focus on fashion mentoring and education by connecting aspiring student designers with established designers in Fiji.

The show drew its inspiration from the crimson shining parrot. The species is endemic to the islands of Kadavu and Ono in the Kadavu Group and it is also known as the ‘kakula’.

As co-founders of the project, Neisau Tuidraki and Samson Lee said they are hoping to make it an annual event.

With COVID-19 having an impact on the livelihoods of Fijians the project also aimed to support SME’s by engaging designers and artisans from our community by hosting a fashion show to launch the project said co-founder, Sam son Lee.

 

Goals

The co-founders have achieved several their goals through the show, that is:

Debut the project – We wanted to connect with the community and debut the project and let them know about the work we are doing in the fashion industry.

Provide a platform – We are living in an era of a pandemic; this is a once in a century phenomenon and this has changed how we do business and we have had to adapt.

This platform has given an opportunity to our designers to showcase their collections while mentoring six young aspiring designers from high schools and tertiary over a one-month period.

Some of our designers will now stock at the SL Fiji Boutique and from their own respective shops and online platforms. We are stimulating business for our fashion industry and creating spaces to exchange fashion knowledge.

 

Fashion Reprieve

They added that the show was not a fundraiser; “we did not raise any money. All ticket sales paid for the vendors of the show”.

“The general feedback from guests was the chance to attend a fashion event in the capital since lockdown was a welcome reprieve.”

In terms of challenges faced while organizing the event, was making sure they adhered to the COVID safety regulations as per government requirement and running this event without monetary sponsors made budgeting tricky.

“But we managed to run the show successfully with ticket sales.

“We would like to thank each person that purchased a ticket, those sales helped pay for photographers, models, hair and makeup artists, stage and lighting and other vendors that made the show possible.

“And now more than ever our community needs to support local and we’re so proud to say our community came out in numbers to support us. Vinaka!

“Also, our sponsors, Vision Beverages, The Greenhouse, Kana Moce, Star Jewels Fiji, Bula Coffee, Golden Fiji and Nama Fiji.”

There were seven designers at the inaugural show also mentored a student designer who produced one garment for a capsule collection to show on the night.

Feedback:  maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

 

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