Miromoda (The Indigenous Māori Fashion Apparel Board) the organisation that promotes Māori fashion design will have its first runway show in Porirua tomorrow night. Pataka Museum will set the scene for four Māori fashion designers alongside international designers from Africa and Korea.
After eight years of existence, Miromoda continues to break new ground.
Miromoda co-founder Ata Te Kanawa says, “This is definitely a first for them and a first for us and we also offered to do a model call there and use local models if we could, so it's got a nice community feel to it this year.
That model call has meant a huge opportunity for the modelling hopefuls to take the next step in their career and foot it with some of the best in the biz.
Te Kanawa says, “We are actually choosing two for our NZ showcase at fashion week, so there are a lot of excited models and their whānau awaiting that announcement which will be on Saturday as well.”
It will offer Māori fashion designers the chance to compete for a slot at New Zealand Fashion Week, an opportunity that has launched the career of many Miromoda designers such as Shona Tawhiao and Kharl William Wirepa.
“Some of our designers have actually got solo shows this year or are in new generation show so it's nice that Miromoda is now contributing to the whole New Zealand Fashion Week machine that it is,” says Te Kanawa.
Final touches are being put in place. The all-day competition finishes at 4pm followed by the 6:30pm Miromoda runway show.