Contemporary Māori culture fashion show launches at Te Puia

Published on : Monday, August 22, 2016

downloadContemporary Māori fashion is about to make a grand entrance in a spectacular show set in an active geothermal landscape in Rotorua. Te Puia – New Zealand’s premier cultural and geothermal attraction, and the national centre for Māori arts and crafts – is set to host an inaugural fashion event featuring some of New Zealand’s top and upcoming indigenous designers.


The evening of contemporary Māori culture on 24 September – Tiki Ahua – Ka Mura: Set Alight – promises a spectacular show featuring fashion, design, music and dance extravaganza amidst the steam and swirling mist of Te Whakarewarewa Valley, an active volcanic field in Rotorua.



The show will feature works 22 Māori designers from throughout New Zealand, showcasing day, street, evening and avant-garde designs, jewellery and adornment including tā moko (Māori tattoo).



Local designers from Rotorua and across New Zealand will showcase their ranges on the runway, alongside other inspiring brands.



“An exciting part of this event is not only the incredible contemporary fashion, but also pulling through traditional Māori arts such as tā moko, pounamu and bone carving, which are then thrust into a pretty glitzy high fashion environment. It’s been beautiful to see everything come together and our NZ Maori Arts and Crafts Institute artists are loving that journey,” said Te Puia general manager sales and marketing, Kiri Atkinson-Crean.



Tiki Āhua artistic director, Turanga Merito – who is otherwise known for his role as Simba in the international Lion King stage show – has assisted the designers in showcasing their visions.



“I am excited as the artistic director to be able to bring a night of fire, love, and magic to my hometown, Rotorua,” Merito said. “This event is more than a fashion show – it is the coming together of our indigenous culture and the stories of exceptionally gifted designers, fused with the buzz and high fashion spectacle of a New York or Paris runway.”



There is a five-year vision for the event to grow from a one-night spectacle, to a week-long festival.



Source:- 100% Pure New Zealand

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