Māori fashion show Te Wero has been re-scheduled for August 2020. Images supplied.
Māori fashion show Te Wero (the challenge) has announced a new date of August 15th 2020 in Rotorua after the original April date had to be postponed due to the nationwide lockdown. The event will bring together a talented group of emerging and established Māori designers who will showcase their original creations on the runway. The event was organised by Taongahuia Maxwell and Peter Duncan who are excited to highlight the incredible design talent among Māori New Zealanders at a glamorous fashion event.
“Māori fashion design is fast becoming a major contender on the global stage. It’s a field that goes against the grain of traditional European thinking when it comes to fashion, putting masterfully created and contemporary and unique design in the spotlight,” the organisers say. “Te Wero presents the beauty of masterfully created and generational design techniques, paired with contemporary and unique design innovation. It’s going to be a fantastic event.”
Taongahuia Maxwell is also the lead designer for the event and is relatively new to fashion having completed a Bachelor of Māori Art in 2017 and established her label Kahu Huia (Huia Clothing) in 2019. She also owns Iti Gifts online and shares a retail store in Rotorua. Other participating designers include established designer Jeanine Clarkin, who has been championing Māori fashion since 1994, fashion and jewellery designer Nichola Te Kiri, emerging designers Paulette Teatai-Ariki and Wairata Warbrick, and 2019 Miromoda Avante Garde section winner Chermene Castle. Jewellery designer Brady Walker will also be showcasing his work, providing his unique stainless steel pieces for the runway looks.
Te Wero is on Saturday August 15th at Rotorua’s Energy Events Centre and tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster.