Mountainsilk uniforms for NZ pavilion staff
Mountainsilk uniforms for new zealand pavilion staff
22 March 2005 – Staff at the New Zealand Pavilion at the World Expo opening in Aichi, Japan, on Friday will be wearing uniforms specially produced by Christchurch design company Untouched World.
The uniforms have been developed using the superfine Merino fabric Untouched World have developed known as Mountainsilk (which so impressed Bill Clinton when he visited that he bought several garments).
Untouched World’s Managing Director Peri Drysdale says Mountainsilk was chosen because the expo’s themes of sustainability and living in harmony with nature made it a natural choice. She says the high performance fabric would cope comfortably with the wide temperature range expected over the six months of the expo, and would retain its sharp appearance.
The uniforms will team the Merino top with a pant of high quality cotton, the latter chosen because it gives the uniform “a casual but sophisticated lifestyle feel” according to Peri Drysdale.
New Zealand’s Commissioner General for the World Expo, Phillip Gibson says with the expo open to visitors from next weekend, the Aotearoa-New Zealand pavilion was in full readiness.
He says a media preview was “very successful” with journalists enthusiastic about both the pavilion’s visual aspects and the technologies used to inform and entertain visitors. And of the 60,000 who visited the expo on a “trial day” last Saturday, 16,000 were attracted to the New Zealand pavilion.