Nudging fashion’s obsession with black, the Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion collection is bringing colour extremes onto the runway at New Zealand Fashion Week for the second year. Always innovative, New Zealand’s favourite paint company keeps exploring fresh, eye-catching ways to bring its fashion colours to life, while also giving unique opportunities to young Kiwis keen to exhibit their design talent – in colour.
It was in May 2014 when NZ Fashion Tech Diploma students were first asked to create a work of fashion from hand-woven silk for the Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion project.
The 50 silk saris for the project were created by families of weavers working with ancient looms in their homes in a southern Indian sari village called Doddampalayam, just outside of Sathyamangalam 70kms from the city of Coimbatore.
Once showcased in New Zealand – at New Zealand Fashion Week, in magazines and on websites –
15 patterns were taken to India by the NZ Fashion Tech students who had won Prime Minister’s
Scholarships for Asia.
As part of five weeks of collaborative learning in India in November / December in 2014, arranged by INZBC member, the Giles Brooker Group who lead New Zealand-India education exchanges in the tertiary sector, the 15 NZ Fashion Tech students re-created the garments from a new silk sari for a ‘grande finale’ fashion show hosted by the Bannari Amman Institute of Technology at their vast and modern university campus in Sathyamangalam.
All of the Kiwi fashion students dressed head-to-toe in traditional Indian fashion. The girls wore saris and the boys wore dhoti. Even though it was western fashion that had brought the New Zealand students here, their experience has been described as “five weeks of awesome” and they wanted to give back by dressing the Indian way.
Ten stunning looks, designed and made from
hand-woven Indian silk saris by Diploma students at NZ Fashion Tech as part of their academic course work – five from Auckland and five from Wellington with an average age of 22 - will open four Resene-sponsored public shows at New Zealand Fashion Week.
So, the latest on-trend Resene paint colours with names like Smooch, Freefall, Juicy and Kakapo, will be expressed as contemporary fashion in the 2015 Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion collection.
The Resene Designer Selection Shows begin on Wednesday 26th August at 5pm.
For Resene Designer Selection Show dates, times and tickets go to iTicket.
The garments are of a quality and inventiveness which would confidently hold their own on any fashion runway, according to leading New Zealand fashion curator and judge for the 2015 Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion collection Doris de Pont.
In 2015, NZ Fashion Tech has won 20 Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia. So 20 looks made from silk saris, including some seen on the catwalk in Auckland in August, will be seen again on the catwalk in India this December.
NZ Fashion Tech student Taylor Jarden-Lambert (22) who travelled to India last year with the group said five weeks of learning in India was a life-changing, “mind-blowing” experience.
Taylor says: “The people were so welcoming and hospitable. The strongest memory for me is how lovely they were.”
“And the learning that I think will have the most positive impact for me in my career in fashion, was seeing large scale manufacturing in practice. We now have a unique, first-hand view of manufacturing fashion garments off-shore,” he says.
Director of NZ Fashion Tech Val Marshall-Smith says: “Taylor’s response to the experience epitomises that of the group. The totality of the experience was so immense and empowering for all 15 students, we’re certain it will enhance their careers and their lives in many
different ways. We are looking forward to watching their careers with great interest”.