Zimbabwe-born designer Chido Dimairo. Image by Sonia Sly.
Fashion has shifted into an eclectic new space where gender fluidity and originality have become important facets of the industry. So too is identity and authenticity, which is what Zimbabwe-born designer Chido Dimairo, who came to New Zealand 15 years ago, discusses with Sonia Sly from Radio New Zealand’s My Heels Are Killing Me podcast as she says people have a limited perception of her culture and what it looks like. Sly also talks to Christchurch-born Yoshino Maruyama who works for Wellington-based sustainable label Kowtow. Maruyama is a designer in her own right whose Japanese heritage influences her designs for her own label Otsu which this year showed a collection at New Zealand Fashion Week.
My Heels Are Killing Me
Sonia Sly goes behind the scenes of the fashion industry to find out what exists beyond its glamorous façade.