The cream of emerging fashion designers from New Zealand and Malaysia will collaborate in a competition created by Education New Zealand to celebrate New Zealand Week in Malaysia from March 11, 2013.
Upcoming talent from both countries will work together ‘virtually’ in pairs to create four distinct outfits to be judged by leading New Zealand footwear designer, Kathryn Wilson, and Malaysian celebrity designer, Bill Keith.
Each collection will be based on the theme of ‘rejuvenation’, and be inspired by the rebuild of Christchurch city.
Education New Zealand has developed the Virtual Re-Start Fashion Competition to showcase the quality of New Zealand fashion institutions and attract the attention of more Malaysian students, encouraging them to come and study in New Zealand.
Chief Executive of Education New Zealand, Grant McPherson says more than 2000 Malaysian students visited this country last year and he counted it a privilege for Education New Zealand to foster on-going relations between both countries.
“The competition will showcase our cutting edge design talent and the high standard of education that fashion and design students can expect while studying in New Zealand,” he says.
Footwear designer Kathryn Wilson says the Re-Start Fashion Competition is an amazing way to showcase both New Zealand and Malaysian talent, and the fabulous opportunities made possible through the infusion of education and cultural diversity.
“It’s great to see Education New Zealand using creativity to market New Zealand education. These students represent the next generation in the fashion industry so I am really excited to see what they come up with,” she says.
In the past, Education New Zealand has successfully attracted Malaysian students to New Zealand to study business, engineering and technology. The focus this year is arts and design, highlighting New Zealand’s growing reputation for design-related work on the international stage.
Students from institutions including Massey University, Otago Polytechnic, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Whitieria Community Polytechnic, WINTEC, and Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) are competing in the competition.
Education New Zealand is working closely with both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFAT) and the Ministry of Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) in the delivery of the event as part of New Zealand Week in Malaysia.