Kaupapa: Fashion

Fashion week – Artist explores a fusion of two cultures

Taroi Black
  • Tāmaki Makaurau

He kaihanga kākāhu nō Te Papaioea e whakarite ana mo te whakaaturanga whakahirahira a Miromoda i tēnei Rāpare. E pā ana tōna kaupapa ki ngā tikanga me ngā take mo te tangata Māori kiritea. Kia tahuri ake rā tātou.

E whakapono tēnei kaihanga kākāhu he motuhake ake tōna kaupapa i ētahi atu kaupapa Māori. 

“Well it's really inspired by my experience growing up as a fair-skinned Māori and the stereotypes that can be attached to our skin colour,” hei tā Sheridan.

Ka whakarewa a Reremoana Sheridan i te whakaaturanga o ngā kaihanga kākāhu Māori tekau a Miromoda a tēnei Rāpare i roto o Tāmaki Makaurau.

“I think it would be received in a positive way and i know a lot of people have had a very similar if not the same experience as me.”

E ai ki te mātanga wahine pakihi Māori a Ata Te Kanawa, te kaiwhakaū i a Miromoda, he take nui tēnei mo Sheridan ki te whakaatu i tōna taha Māori, taha Pākēhā hoki i runga i te taumata.

“She's got an interesting interpretation of identity and being half-cast. We have seen that theme flow through other designers, it's just all about interpretation. But it is very interesting and I think it will be very well talked about and her structure is amazing.”

Hei tā Sheridan, “I looked into Colonial Aotearoa and how the two cultures first merged because I think that is the only kind of positive aspect of what had happened in those times. I think that's where everything came together in a harmonious way and that's really quite beautiful. The layering of the korowai over cotton shirting and full skirts. So that was something I honed in on.

Ko Sheridan tētahi o te tokorima ka whakakanohi i a Miromoda mo te wā tuatahi ki New Zealand Fashion Week, ā, koia tēra ka whakarewa i te kaupapa.