Tuesday, September 17, 2013

RTF Fashion Update: African fashion debuts in Auckland, New Zealand

PRESS RELEASE

On Saturday 12 October, 2013.  KFM, Auckland will host the first ever African inspired fashion and art exhibition. This spectacular event will acknowledge and celebrate the very best of African fashion and art in New Zealand.

Event founder Makanaka Tuwe realized the lack of visibility of African art and fashion in New Zealand. “Its time to raise awareness about African inspired fashion and art in New Zealand" .International designers and fashion houses such as Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Gucci and Burberry have embraced Africa in their designs.
Its now New Zealand’s turn to experience some African flavour”. The vision of the show is to showcase and promote multicultural art and will feature four local African designers: Chipo Chiyangwa, Maureen Chimwayange, NomsaBotshiwe and Portia Muumbe. In 2012, Nomsa Botshiwe won the New Zealand Fashion Museum’s Home Sewn Fashion Festival. In the same year, Maureen Chimwayange dressed Miss Africa Auckland 2012 for the cultural section and took home the sash and price for best African attire.
Apart from four local African born designers, Africa on my Sleeve will showcase designs from New Zealand born Lucy-Mae Goffe-Robertson and Thai born Lucie Sutichinta .

“I believe in inclusion of all, a wise man once said to me mixing diversity with anything is the recipe for success”, Makanaka says.Currently, Lucy-Mae the owner of the label Lucy *Mae’d has a boutique in Grey Lynn: Lucy-Mae’s Eclectic Boutique. Lucie Sutichinta designer of L is for Lucie has had the pleasure of assisting Jeremy Scott's S/S12 Collection "Lust in The Dust" at New York Fashion Week in 2011. One of Lucie’s statement crop top appeared in Remix Magazine Issue:69.

In its first year the show will fuse elements of a fashion show and an art exhibition to give guest attendees a chance to experience the African creative class. The art exhibition will feature batik paintings, canvas paintings and traditional artifacts sourced from Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Morocco and Egypt.

Sprinkling some African flavor on the New Zealand fashion and art scene

A backgrounder on Africa on my Sleeve A passion for fashion and art that is rooted in the African culture is the driving force behind Africa on my Sleeve. Africa on my Sleeve is an event that will recognize African designers and art in the New Zealand community to celebrate the creative African class.

Seeing the lack of exposure around African talent in the fashion and art sector in New Zealand, Makanaka Tuwe asked herself what could be done about this? What could be done to provide a platform for these talented individuals? The answer was Africa on my Sleeve.

The vision for Africa on my Sleeve is to create a platform for African fashion and art in New Zealand as well as establish the visibility of African culture in Auckland. This is in a move to eliminate the clichés and stereotypes about the African culture and lifestyle by increasing the visibility of the beauty of the African talent and culture.

The event will celebrate the African creative class and provide an opportunity for partnering organisations to connect with fashion lovers from a diverse background.

Additionally, Africa on my Sleeve will feature New Zealand born designer Lucy-Mae Goffe-Robertson and Thai born Lucie Sutichinta who are both inspired by culture.

Inclusion of all will reflect the integration of the African culture in New Zealand as well as represent the colourful diversified makeup of the New Zealand society.

Africa on my Sleeve will fuse elements of a fashion show and art exhibition providing a well-rounded perspective on African design, culture and lifestyle. This event will tap into the energy and creativity of Auckland city's unknown designers, cultivating their passion for fashion and art, ultimately sprinkling some African flavor on the New Zealand fashion and art scene.

September 17, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “African fashion debuts in Auckland, New Zealand” Auckland, New Zealand PRESS RELEASE – On Saturday 12 October, KFM, Auckland will host the first ever African inspired fashion and art exhibition. This spectacular event will acknowledge and celebrate the very best of African fashion and art in New Zealand.

Event founder Makanaka Tuwe realized the lack of visibility of African art and fashion in New Zealand.

“Its time to raise awareness about African inspired fashion and art in New Zealand.

International designers and fashion houses such as Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Gucci and Burberry have embraced Africa in their designs. Its now New Zealand’s turn to experience some African flavour”.

The vision of the show is to showcase and promote multicultural art and will feature four local African designers: Chipo Chiyangwa, Maureen Chimwayange, Nomsa Botshiwe and Portia Muumbe.

In 2012, Nomsa Botshiwe won the New Zealand Fashion Museum’s Home Sewn Fashion Festival. In the same year, Maureen Chimwayange dressed Miss Africa Auckland 2012 for the cultural section and took home the sash and price for best African attire.

more Apart from four local African born designers, Africa on my Sleeve will showcase designs from New Zealand born Lucy-Mae Goffe-Robertson and Thai born Lucie Sutichinta.

“I believe in inclusion of all, a wise man once said to me mixing diversity with anything is the recipe for success”, Makanaka says.

Currently, Lucy-Mae the owner of the label Lucy*Mae’d has a boutique in GreyLynn: Lucy-Mae’s Eclectic Boutique. Lucie Sutichinta designer of L is for Lucie has had the pleasure of assisting Jeremy Scott's S/S12 Collection "Lust in The Dust" at New York Fashion Week in 2011. One of Lucie’s statement crop top appeared in Remix Magazine Issue:69.

In its first year the show will fuse elements of a fashion show and an art exhibition to give guest attendees a chance to experience the African creative class. The art exhibition will feature batik paintings, canvas paintings and traditional artifacts sourced from Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Morocco and Egypt.

Post a Comment