Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Experience the Future of Pacific Fashion At Cult Couture

Media release
30 September, 2013

Issued for Auckland Council by Pead PR

Experience the Future of Pacific Fashion At Cult Couture

Southside Arts Festival’s fashion extravaganza, Saturday 2 November

The very best Pacific-inspired fashion will cloak the catwalk on Saturday 2 November. Cult Couture is a runway show, fashion awards and one of the centerpieces of the annual Southside Arts Festival, a council initiative that celebrates Auckland’s Māori and Pasifika arts and culture, and runs between 17 October and 3 November.

Cult Couture showcases original pieces by designers from across Aotearoa, all vying for the lucrative $12,000 prize pool to support their burgeoning fashion careers. 

This year’s theme is Future Pacific, encouraging New Zealand’s fashion designers of tomorrow to consider the evolution of pacific style in both New Zealand and international fashion into the future.

Now in its 12th year, Cult Couture has attracted a record high with 180 entries, around 50 more than in 2012. Each garment is judged on the night by an elite panel of industry experts, comprising New Zealand fashion designer Adrian Hailwood, fashion museum curator Doris de Pont and fashion editor Dan Ahwa.

Music and performance continue to play an important role in the Cult Couture experience. The evening’s host is Māori performer Mika and there are performances by award-winning dance crew The Royal Family, Electric Wire Hustle’s Mara TK who is often referred to as the ‘South Pacific’s answer to Marvin Gaye’, Pacific Soul diva Iva Lamkum,Funkommunity’s Rachel Fraser, highly-regarded South Auckland DJ Manuel Bundy, contemporary Polynesian dance group UraTabu and fusion soul vocalist Noah Slee.

There are five Cult Couture categories with a winner per category and an overarching Supreme Award. The categories are:

•          Recycled Revolution: Entries must be made from cast-offs, rubbish, recyclables and pre-loved materials
•         Formally Yours: Ball gowns, cocktail frocks, black-and-white-tie clothing
•          Flight of Fantasy: There are no rules. The magical, surreal and bizarre take to the catwalk
•          On the Streets: Urban style and street fashion
•          Pacific by Nature: Using organic materials, this category is all about the Pacific’s affinity with the earth, wind and sea.

Last year’s Supreme Award winner Adrienne Whitewood wowed judges and audiences alike with her piece Taniko, a multi-coloured hand-woven dress inspired by Lady Gaga and Māori design. She has since launched a successful online business and featured at New Zealand Fashion Week. Earlier this year, Adrienne made national news when international singing superstar Lauryn Hill bought several of her designs.

Southside Arts Festival is one of many collaborative projects proudly delivered by Auckland Council. With more than 30 events including design, performance, literature, theatre, music, youth events, visual arts, film, dance and much more this festival is not to be missed.

Cult Couture Details
Where: Genesis Energy Theatre – Vodafone Events Centre 
When: Saturday, November 2, 2013, 8pm-10.30pm
Price: $25
Bookings: www.ticketdirect.co.nz / 0800 224 224
Web site: www.southside.org.nz
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SouthsideArtsFestival
Twitter: @SthSideArtsFest

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Departure Speech: Governor-General’s State Farewell Luncheon

"...Unfortunately I was unable to get to the Antarctic, the Chatham Islands and the Kermadecs. A dicky heart thwarted our travel to the Antarctic; and even though I volunteered to parachute into the Kermadecs to join the Young Blake expedition, time, commitments and officials frustrated my plans to visit the Kermadecs and Chathams." More>>

ALSO:

New Research: Most Homeless People Working Or Studying

“The cost of housing has been rising without corresponding increases in income, whilst the number of state houses per capita has been in decline. Many low-income people are missing out on housing, whether we recognise them as ‘homeless’ or not. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Traynor: New Offender Info Sharing Plan

“This Bill delivers on that step-change by moving away from name-based records held by individual agencies to a shared, anchor identity based on unalterable information, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. It also gives agencies access to the drivers’ licence photo database and birth, death and marriages information." More>>

  • NZ Law Foundation - New $2M fund for research on information challenges
  • Littoral: New Ship To Deliver Enhanced Naval Capability

    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to request tenders for a new naval ship to support littoral operations. More>>

    July:

    After King's Labour Snub: Māori Party And Kiingitanga To Work Together

    Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori. More>>

    ALSO:

    Waitangi Claim On Rehabilitation: The 'Justus' System For Māori Not Good Enough

    Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More>>

    ALSO:

    Advice: PM Sets Rules For Ministers' Treatment Of Public Servants

    Prime Minister John Key has laid down the law about the way ministers and public servants should interact, saying ministers may not always like the advice they receive, but they must listen to it carefully, respectfully and professionally. More>>

    Gordon Campbell: On The Funding Changes In Special Needs Education, And Uber

    The plan to strip out the educational support for older “special needs” children in order to meet the existing shortfall in funding for special needs in early childhood education is so miserly and relentlessly stupid as to defy belief… More>>

    SPECIAL EDUCATION (& More):

    Online Learning Plans:

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Regional
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news