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International Designers Announced for Style Pasifika

17 August 2011

International Designers Announced for Style Pasifika

One-off garments from top international fashion designers including Yohji Yamamoto (Japan) and John Rocha (Ireland) will form part of the International Designer Collection at this year’s Westfield Style Pasifika: Best of Pasifika event as part of the REAL New Zealand Festival during Rugby World Cup 2011.

The Style Pasifika rugby-inspired International Designer Collection will showcase the selection of garments which have been designed exclusively by celebrated fashion designers from each of the 19 foreign nations participating in Rugby World Cup 2011. The designers have been challenged to produce a rugby-inspired garment using New Zealand Merino wool.

Fashion designers from Wales, Scotland, USA, South Africa, Romania, Canada, Samoa, Georgia, Namibia, Tonga, Fiji, Australia, Argentina, England and Russia have also been confirmed for the International Designer Collection.

These garments will share the catwalk with winning designs from the Westfield Style Pasifika Fashion Awards and rugby-themed creations by celebrated New Zealand fashion designers.

The showcase will be held over two exclusive evenings between Rugby World Cup 2011 semi-final and final games on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 October at Vector Arena in Auckland.

Show Producer and Artistic Director Stan Wolfgramm says: “The REAL New Zealand Festival and Rugby World Cup 2011 provide an amazing opportunity for New Zealand as a nation to tell our story to the world while the spotlight is on us. Style Pasifika has developed the rugby-inspired International Designer Collection with that in mind. It’s incredible to have the support of these celebrated international designers whose input will ensure this year’s event is an absolute must-see for Kiwis and international visitors alike.

“The rugby-inspired International Designer Collection will be the only collection of its kind in the world, cementing our position as a nation that leads the way in creative ideas and design.”

Westfield Style Pasifika: Best of Pasifika, is one of the flagship events to be supported by Government for the REAL New Zealand Festival, a nationwide celebration of all the things we love most about New Zealand. It will be a truly unique show that celebrates New Zealand’s place in the Pacific in spectacular style.

Westfield Style Pasifika, now in its 17th year, is an iconic New Zealand event and the world’s largest indigenous fashion event. The awards within the event challenge designers to produce cutting edge fashion inspired by the unique and colourful fusion of Pasifika which is everything from this region of the world that makes us distinctive. The result is an explosion of fashion, art and culture, defining a uniquely New Zealand style.

Westfield Style Pasifika - Best of Pasifika NZ 2011
When: Tuesday 18 October (public event) & Wednesday 19 October 2011 (hosting/VIP event)
Where: Vector Arena, Auckland
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