AUT at NZFW Graduate Show 2017

12 Sep, 2017
AUT fashion design student Thanushi Marage

Three talented fashion designers represented AUT at this year’s New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW) Graduate Show.

AUT fashion design alumni Tia Feng, Victoria Notoa and fashion design honours student Thanushi Marage showcased their latest collections at the annual event on Wednesday, 30 August 2017.

The NZFW Grad Show is a regular feature at the week-long festival, a key highlight in many fashion calendars.

AUT Fashion Design Discipline Leader Dr Yvonne Chan says that the graduate show is an opportunity for AUT to highlight the amazing work produced by students.

“Participating in NZFW offers our graduates a valuable experience of showcasing their work on a renowned professional platform. Their work demonstrate a high skillset and creativity that showcase the latest fashion trends and push the boundaries of fashion design.”

The designers representing AUT were selected based on their commitment to actively establish themselves as an emerging designer, and because their work illustrated the array of creativity and skills achieved during their study at AUT.

Notoa says that studying fashion at AUT has increased her confidence as a designer. She says, “AUT has been a big part of my journey in helping me realise what my style is and what kind of practices I use to create and design.”

Marage says that her fashion degree has lent skills in critical design thinking.

“AUT Art and Design School has given me a great base of knowledge about the industry and how to challenge my perspective of being innovative by fully utilizing my skills. I am forever thankful for the people who has affected and influenced my design self-cultivation,” she says.

Other AUT fashion design alumni that showed at New Zealand Fashion Week this year includes:
*    Jason Lingard
*    Sarah Jane Duff of LaLa (Lost and Led Astray)
*    Jimmy D
*    Adrienne Winklemann
*    Courtney Pellow
*    Courtney Perham
*    POLITIX Menswear (Debbie Zhong – Production Co-ordinator)

Thanushi Marage
Thanushi’s collection is a range of backpacks and rainwear focused on various urban and outdoor activities, influenced heavily by three key contexts: military tactical aesthetics, future and history/past.

Tia Feng
Unapologetic, girly, and cheeky, Tia Feng is a wardrobe for the sweet girls and the unruly girls, the princesses and the rule breakers. Lose yourself in the undiluted vision and bring out your inner ‘baby gurl’. These are the clothes to rebel in, to reminisce in, and to dream in.

Victoria Notoa

Victoria’s collection celebrates the elements of the “Golden Age of Hip Hop” which translates into a capsule streetwear collection relevant for free spirited urban youth. The oversized silhouettes are designed as gender free pieces.

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