New Zealand Fashion Week
22 - 28th August 2016

Backstage Blog

MIROMODA

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Committed to nurturing the development of the fashion industry’s Māori designers, MIROMODA envisages offering support to working designers in the early stages of their careers, and should they require it, mentoring throughout their future. MIROMODA designers MACK, TE KOHU, Gienipha Tutaki and nichola took a moment to share the inspiration behind their collections.

That Girl by MACK was amply inspired by 'that girl' that we all strive to be. "Every woman or lady wants to be successful, sophisticated and smart. The one who wants be noticed and recognised, who’s organised and focused but can also have fun. This collection is designed to create this feeling for my customers". 

TE KOHU's Autumn Winter 2017 collection titled Matariki Ahunga Nui (the many mounds of Matariki) is a "celebration of women through the context of Matariki and an acknowledgement of traditional cultural practices."

Transeasonal 2018 collection Shifting Sands by Gienipha Tutaki experimented with the idea of one size fits all and multipurpose garments. Speaking of her collection Gienipha explains "my ultimate goal was to create a cohesive collection featuring garments that transform as well as have a second purpose".

nichola drew inspiration from the korero around the Matariki constellation in her in-season collection Matariki - The Nine Stars. All the stars in the constellation "are a whānau, have a gender, a specific task and/or association, they are our connection to those who have passed on and most of all, they help guide us each year". Each look in the collection represents a different star in the constellation.

Deborah Raj