MEET THE DESIGNERS

Streetwear

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    Mac Vicious Society

    Mac Vicious Society (MVS) was founded by Glen Maclachlan who affiliates to Ngāti Maniapoto. The MVS ethos is about creating a unique subculture fashion brand within Aotearoa. “As New Zealanders we like to challenge traditional trends and play by our own set of rules. MVS has embraced this and has been developed using inspiration from two subcultures, the Yuppies of the 1980’s and the Punks of the 1970’s. These two influences have resulted in the creation of a brand that has a mixture of smart attire with a twist punk infusion (SMUNK for short)”

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    RISE SUPPLY CO – Ranui Samuels.

    Ranui Samuels whakapapa is Tainui, Ngāti Hauā through his father. Born and raised in the highlands of Tribal Papua New Guinea, Ranui grew up in a place where the primordial and primeval were the everyday, living among a stone age people, around their campfires, hunting with their children and sleeping under the stars.

    One thing Ranui understands inherently from his Papua New Guineas upbringing, is branding.

    In PNG you marked yourself, painted your face, wore feathers to identify yourself and your tribe. Fashion is similar, but its Burberry, Fendi, Chanel and Zambesi….” The link for me is this is how you identify yourself in a post-modern age” says Ranui.

    COLLECTION ONE is a culmination of Ranui’s journey thus far. It is strongly masculine, but has touches of grace in the length and drape of the pieces. Location prints hint at arcane origins, while the total ensemble provides a sports-infused muted military aesthetic.

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    Henare (with Masami) Jewellery
    by Nerida Johnston

    Nerida Johnstone is the owner and passionate advocate of Henare. She affiliates to Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata and Ngāti Kahungunu. Henare is the culmination of many years work; for a long time Nerida formally trained in sculpture, working extensively in lost wax casting before forging Henare into the modern, edgy adornment brand it is today. Her hand-made work has a raw, eclectic edge, using nature’s most precious gifts in the form of stone, crystals, gems, bone and leather, fused with metals. The one of a kind, limited edition pieces enable the wearer to connect and be empowered by nature in their everyday life. Henare has enabled Nerida to consolidate her experiences and skills to produce what she creates today. “I love that the work Henare produces as it serves a purpose of elevating and uplifting its wearer’s through the natural materials, which I aspire to compliment with my lovingly handmade aesthetic”

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    Marama Jewellery (Courtney Jamieson)

    Courtney Jamieson of Marama Jewellery, studied jewellery design and manufacturing in Wellington, Aotearoa (New Zealand) for 3 years before heading to Te Wai Pounamu (The South Island) to immerse herself in rich stone carving culture we have here in Aotearoa (New Zealand).  From there, she learnt to carve her stones to fit each piece of jewellery.  This eventually resulted in Marama Jewellery, her own collection of taonga (jewellery/treasure) and accessories that strikes a balance between Māori history and modern, resulting in an unparalleled aesthetic and remarkable identifiable style.  Courtney’s vision for Marama Jewellery is to produce high end, modern jewellery in an ethical way and demonstrate a responsible attitude towards the environment and Māori culture.

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    Rangi Kipa

    Rangi Kipa is an Artist whose sculpture, carvings and tā moko are at the forefront of contemporary Māori art that challenges boundaries, creates dialogue, traverses the art/object divide and confronts the modern world that we live in as Maori and non-Maori.

    “I like to continuously push my own boundaries and challenge the status quo, artistic expression, artistic practice should reflect the realities of life. This means that I use all manner of materials as mediums for my artistic expression from natural organic resources to composite space age compounds”.

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    Stacey Gordine

    Internationally acclaimed for his small scale adornment works, Stacy Gordine is the tumu (head of school) for Te Takapū o Rotowhio (National Stone and Bone Carving School) at the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. 

    With over 25 years’ experience as a multimedia carver and adornment artist, Stacy has carved alongside the indigenous peoples of both Alaska and Hawai’i, serving not only as tutor but also as student as he practiced his craft alongside the indigenous master artists. 

    Taking inspiration from his Ngāti Porou ancestors’ work and juxtaposing it with modern tools and techniques, Stacy has established a distinctive ‘miniaturisation’ style that is exhibited in Te Papa, Dowse, Pataka Museum and private collections world-wide. 

    Arriving to NZMACI in 2013, Stacy continues the legacy of his great-uncles’ Pineamine and Hone Te Kauru Taiapa, who were students of the original carving school in Rotorua and tutored many of today’s master carvers.

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    Arekatara Maihi ( Katz)

    A skilled tā moko artist, carver and musician, Arekatera “Katz” Maihi is the Tumu Whakairo of Te Wānanga Whakairo Rākau Aotearoa (head of the National Wood Carving School) at New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. 

    A descendant of Ngāti Whātua o Orakei, Te Waiohua and Ngā Puhi, Katz graduated from Te Wānanga Whakairo in 2006 and returned to NZMACI in 2014.

    Katz’s particular strength lies in his ability to integrate traditional Māori concepts into modern applications. His comprehensive knowledge and kōrero enable him to realise creative design solutions that are deeply connected to tribal traditions.

    Recently, Katz has been involved in a number of kaupapa including Tuku Iho in Rio de Janeiro, where he showcased his Ta Moko skills on willing locals. He also travelled to Jerusalem, where he sought out indigenous carvers and worked alongside them as part of He Ao Kotahi | The One World Project – a television documentary.

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    Jacob Tautari

    Tā moko artist, Jacob Tautari is a descendant of Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāi Te Rangi. 

    Jacob began his art journey in Tokoroa where he studied tā moko for four years. Now into his third and final year at NZMACI, Jacob has learnt the art of whakairo (carving wood) and has found a noticeable link between the two.

    “The human body creates a canvas that challenges you with curves and shapes, but ultimately it’s hard to make a mistake. With carving, everything can change on you. The native wood we use still presents with curves and shapes to work around, but it’s the characteristics of wood that challenges with varying grains and knots.”

    In 2015, Jacob took his carving overseas to Chile and Brazil as part of NZMACI’s Tuku Iho l Living Legacy exhibition.

Daywear

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    Mitchell Vincent

    Mitchell Vincent Collection is a contemporary ready-to-wear label that has an international influence, yet reflects the relaxed culture and lifestyle of New Zealand. Established in 2013, the label has already received recognition in the fashion and entertainment world, both nationally and internationally. After graduating from Fashion and Practice in 2013, the label’s designer Mitchell Vincent has already been seen in the entertainment industry on national and international runways. Mitchell Vincent Collection has graced the red carpets of major award ceremonies, popular television shows and music videos. Continuing with the success of international recognition, we will see the label return to New Zealand Fashion Week 2016 for its fourth consecutive year. Simple, sophisticated and proudly New Zealand made and owned.

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    Jeanine Clarkin

    Jeanine descents from Ngāti Hako, Ngāti Ranginui, Raukawa. Her 2016 collection Te Ao Hōu (The new world) takes a journey through seasons and hemispheres, with solid winter wool pieces complemented by more ephemeral references. The collection springs from the conceptual body of the Wharenui, where tinana (body), wairua (spirit) and mauri (life force) are held together in balance. Clarkin incorporates patterns drawn from tukutuku, continuing the traditional women’s fibre art of the Wharenui, as well as developing her interest in colonization with the use of  woollen blanket and introducing cotoure fabrics picked up on recent travels to Paris combined with vintage wools. The resulting garments are contemporary high fashion statements, founded in mātauranga Māori. Her collections have been seen at fashion weeks and indigenous festivals including London Geneva Sydney Melbourne and Hawai'i.

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    Natura Aura - Leilani & Anastacia Rickard

    Founders of Natura Aura Limited are Leilani Rickard and Anastasia Rickard. Leilani Rickard is a traditional weaver and artist and has been working with native plants for over 40 years while competing in various wearable arts and fashion competitions.

    Anastasia Rickard her mokopuna, has a background in science and art design and has been a recipient of various internships and scholarships. By combining their strengths, they are able to create fashion collections and accessories that are inspired by their culture, nature, science and fashion. 'Natura' is the Latin name for Nature, 'Aura' means essence/spirit.

    “We are inspired by nature’s beauty, essence and spirit when we create fashion garments and accessories.... We also pride ourselves in keeping our garments and accessories New Zealand Made.”

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    Ahu - Adrienne Whitewood

    Adrienne Whitewood is of Rongowhakaata descent. Inspired by Māori art and culture, Adrienne Whitewood takes traditional concepts and invents unique silhouettes. Exploring fabric manipulation and technology, her ethos is about creating wearable clothing for women who want an emotional connection to what they are wearing.

    In 2010 She debuted her first collection titled; 'Kimihia He Ngaro (Search for the unseen the unobtainable)' NZFW. In 2011, she won the Supreme title at the Miromoda Fashion awards with her Collection 'Te Aho Tapu (the sacred thread)'. In 2012 Adrienne won the Cult Couture Supreme Award at the Southside Arts Festival.

    Adrienne's passion stems from her fascination with Maori art, history and tikanga, and is greatly inspired by her home town of Rotorua. She now works full time in the industry, opening Ahu boutique in 2013.

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    Reremoana Sheridan

    Unassuming yet necessary, the inception of Reremoana’s collection titled Life’s Blood came about after her recent departure from the army. Influenced by her whakapapa and the fashions of yesteryear, Reremoana tells a story many can relate to. Through the juxtaposition of luxurious fabrics, Reremoana's intention is to bring to light the importance of heritage and the weight it holds. We are bound together by our history and whakapapa and at times we forget that. Life's Blood is both a reflection of a heritage she is proud of and the portrayal of a societal perception (plastic Māori) that is damaging, if you let it. 

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Evening Wear

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    Kiri Nathan

    Kiri Nathan is a raw and truthful expression, fashion from a cultural and natural perspective. KN celebrates the strength, pride and beauty in being Maori, in being a New Zealander. The label consists of several clothing collections; Ready to Wear, Bridal, Bespoke, and Corporate. It also has collections of contemporary weaving and pounamu jewellery. All the weaving involved is inspired by tradition Rāranga and Tāniko which is all hand woven.

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    After pursuing his passion for fashion at the age of 22 years, Kharl Wirepa debuted at New Zealand Fashion Week in 2014, launching his own label, Kharl Wirepa Couture. Since then he has enjoyed a wave of success including attaining stockists throughout the country, dressing television stars, musicians and socialites, and working in the pageant industry and dressing contestants at Miss World and Miss India. 

    The designer is the leading personnel for the fashion showcase at the NZ Wedding Industry Awards, and head judge of the Calico Bridal Awards. In 2016, Kharl will be a Miss New Zealand Judge. Kharl WiRepa is rapidly securing his place in the next generation of fashion designers in New Zealand, and is rated amongst the top 25 most influential New Zealanders under the age of 25 years.

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Avant-garde

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    DMONIC INTENT

    DMONIC INTENT is a family run label that aims to make Avant Garde the norm and focusses on “wants” as designers rather than trying to please the masses.

    Development, experimentation and innovation is paramount to their design philosophy and as designers we aim for individualism with a focus on being NZ designed and made.

    We design for those who dare to stand out, who have a voice and opinions that align with our own. 
    “We don’t intend on becoming just another superstar of mediocrity”.

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    Weavers of the Valley

    Weaving is endowed with the essence of spiritual values of Māori people – it represents unity and togetherness – a weaving together of people and communities. 

    As the pioneering art form of Māori fashion, weaving holds a special place in Tiki Āhua. This section plays tribute to the past and present weavers of Te Puia | NZMACI, and in particular, Tohunga Raranga (Master Weaver) Emily Schuster. 

    Emily Schuster set up the original Te Whare Raranga – the national weaving school at NZMACI, and held the position as Te Tumu Raranga (Head of Weaving). The school was later renamed to its current name Te Rito in 1988. In her time, Emily was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal by the New Zealand Government, an Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II and the Newman’s Tourism Award. 

    Emily generously passed on her knowledge, expertise and love of weaving to many of today’s Tōhunga Raranga (Master Weavers) and is considered as largely responsible for keeping the art form alive.

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    Tihi King

    Tihi King is a fashion designer, personal stylist, peace ambassador and mother to her little king, Karaitiana. Tihi’s work is inspired by nature and pop culture, as well as her Māori heritage, life experiences and ambition to better herself as an individual and as a mother. Through her collection, Tihi strives to tell a story that people appreciate and love.

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