Project Fashion Wellington 2019 will see six local emerging designers showcase their designs on the runway. Image supplied.
Project Fashion Wellington‘s gala returns for 2019 on November 9th with six emerging local fashion designers from the Wellington region chosen to showcase their designs. Over the past five months those designers have been creating their capsule collections as part of Project Fashion Wellington’s not-for-profit programme which sees them tutored by a range of mentors and industry experts.
Project Fashion Wellington was founded by Director, Kate Diana Spencer in 2017 as she saw a need for emerging local designers to be given a platform to take their work to the next level. The programme she created achieves this in two ways: by connecting designers with a diverse range of industry insiders throughout the five month programme; and by challenging them to create a capsule collection in this time.
The 2019 Project Fashion Wellington designers are:
Maxwell Wilson – Maxwell Loves You
Stripping design to its functional bones and allowing the attitude of the embellishments to shine through. Maxwell studied at Massey University, majoring in Fashion Design, receiving the award for Design Excellency in the Field of Research.
Maria French – Miss French
Miss French is versatile with a strong focus on fabric selection and an emphasis on quality of craftsmanship. Maria studied at New Zealand Fashion Tech and has been developing her skills in various industry jobs.
Jessy Lewis – Jessy Jane
Jessy Jane is a label that combines vintage elements while experimenting with fresh modern colours. Jessy is fresh out of NZ Fashion Tech with a Diploma in Fashion Design.
Liam Keaney – Michael Robin
Celebrating tailoring and the elements of bespoke culture for men and women. Liam gained a Diploma in Fashion Technology from the New Zealand Institute of Fashion.
Wayne Edmonds – House of Tiffany
Each garment is crafted for the individual and Tiffany parts a bit of herself so everyone can experience what it’s like to be a showstopper. Wayne is self taught and sees House of Tiffany as a brand that will house a variety of creatives beyond fashion.
Yoon Suh – Aria
Celebrations are a big part of the Aria vision. No occasion is too dolce, or grande. It is the lady who completes the dress. Yoon has been a professional, independent dressmaker in South Korea.
The Gala which showcases their work will be at Lambton Quay’s newly renovated Public Trust Hall with each capsule collection brought to life on the runway. There will also be collections from PFW alumni designers shown too with Havilah presenting her collection fresh from New Zealand Fashion Week 2019, 2018 winner of the Ballantynes Emerging Designer Award Millie Askew, sustainable fashion by Mikayla Hammond and cutting edge swimwear by
Tickets are available from Eventfinder and include drinks, canapés, music and entertainment as well as lots of brilliant local fashion.