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Success for Fashion Design Student

Whitecliffe final year student Sheena Taivairanga looks set to do great things in the fashion industry after she graduates.  The Year 4 student has enjoyed stellar success this year, showcasing her creations at the 2017 Whitecliffe Fashion Show which took place earlier this month, as well as at the Pacific Fusion Fashion Show, which was held during New Zealand Fashion Week. Her designs garnered considerable press from Radio New Zealand and Paperboy Magazine.



Whitecliffe final year student Sheena Taivairanga looks set to do great things in the fashion industry after she graduates.  The Year 4 student has enjoyed stellar success this year, showcasing her creations at the 2017 Whitecliffe Fashion Show which took place earlier this month, as well as at the Pacific Fusion Fashion Show, which was held during New Zealand Fashion Week. Her designs garnered considerable press from Radio New Zealand and Paperboy Magazine.
Whitecliffe final year student Sheena Taivairanga looks set to do great things in the fashion industry after she graduates.  The Year 4 student has enjoyed stellar success this year, showcasing her creations at the 2017 Whitecliffe Fashion Show which took place earlier this month, as well as at the Pacific Fusion Fashion Show, which was held during New Zealand Fashion Week. Her designs garnered considerable press from Radio New Zealand and Paperboy Magazine.
Whitecliffe final year student Sheena Taivairanga looks set to do great things in the fashion industry after she graduates.  The Year 4 student has enjoyed stellar success this year, showcasing her creations at the 2017 Whitecliffe Fashion Show which took place earlier this month, as well as at the Pacific Fusion Fashion Show, which was held during New Zealand Fashion Week. Her designs garnered considerable press from Radio New Zealand and Paperboy Magazine.

Fashion design student SheenaThe Pacific Fusion Fashion Show showcased eleven emerging Pacific and Maori fashion designers from NZ, Samoa, Australia and the US. For Sheena, who went to Otahuhu College and was raised in Otara by Cook Island parents “telling stories through my designs has been my biggest strength.” She has managed to integrate something cultural and personal every year into her end-of year-collections.

Last year, she created a collection called Milk & Honey paying homage to her parents and the many Pacific Islanders like them who migrated to the land of milk and honey (New Zealand) in search of better opportunities. Sheena was influenced by the clothes factory workers wore in the 1960’s in New Zealand, and was inspired by a photograph of her mother in her work uniform in 1968. This same collection was presented at the Pacific Fusion Fashion Show.

This year, Sheena’s end of year collection for the Whitecliffe Fashion Show was more process driven and honours the Cook Islands culture.

“My research is about Pacific handcrafts, which lead more specifically to Cook Islands clothing and costumes.  My culture always inspires me and there are always elements to draw from.  The loss of our traditional handcraft techniques due to religious conversion struck a chord with me and that’s what I have translated into a collection."

Sheena’s journey towards studying Fashion Design began when she was just 11 years old. “When I was a child, my father and I were doing an assignment based on what I wanted to be when I grew up and he suggested I become a fashion designer. I didn’t know what that meant at the time or how to pursue it.  But subconsciously I remembered, and now I am about to graduate with a degree from Whitecliffe and have just competed in the second annual Pacific Fusion Fashion Show, which was held in my home town, Otara!”

In the next five to ten years, Sheena hopes to start her own fashion brand, and says that participating in the Pacific Fusion Fashion Show and seeing her peers start their own brands, has only made her more determined.

 “I believe all the experiences and opportunities I have gained through my studies at Whitecliffe have given me a platform to venture out and make my mark on the world. I am excited, ambitious and can only imagine the possibilities. The sky’s the limit.”   

Image: Sheena (left) and her model Diamond at the 2017 Pacific Fusion Fashion Show. Photo by Penina Joy Photography.



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