'Te Wero' (trans: the challenge) brings together a collaboration of emerging and established Māori designers under one Roof, in one event. This exclusive red carpet event showcases the incredible design talent among Māori New Zealanders.
“Māori fashion design is fast becoming a major contender on the global stage. It's a field that goes against the grain of traditional European thinking when it comes to fashion, putting masterfully created and contemporary and unique design in the spotlight." - Pete Duncan, Te Wero Co-founder/Director.
Lead designer Taongahuia Maxwell owns Iti Gifts online and shares a retail store in Rotorua. Although new to the fashion industry, she completed a Bachelor of Māori Art in 2017 and established her label Kahu Huia (Huia Clothing) in 2019. Other participating designers include the renowned Jeanine Clarkin, who has been leading the field in Māori fashion since 1994, popular jewellery and fashion designer Nichola Te Kiri, who has various accolades under her belt.
Emerging designers Paulette Teatai-Ariki, Wairata Warbrick, and 2019 Miromoda Avante Garde section winner Chermene Castle bring their own unique style and flair to the Te Wero runway. Jewellery designer Brady Walker will also join the team, providing his unique stainless steel pieces to adorn their garments. Other fantastic designers who complete this ecclectic ensemble are Jeanine Clark, and Amber Bridgman.
Te Wero is on from 6.45pm on August 15th, at Rotorua’s Energy Events Centre. Limited VIP and GA tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster New Zealand. For more info on this quintessential event, like us on Facebook.