I uru ngā kaihoahoa kākahu Māori ki te whakataetae o Miromoda, koia rā te ahurewa e whakatairanga ana i o rātou pūkenga, te ara hoki ki NZ Fashion Week. Hei tā te kaiwhakaū o NZ Fashion Week, kua piki ake te kounga o te whakataetae mai i tana orokohanga mai, ā, kua puta ētahi o ngā kaitono hei pou i roto i te ao mahi nei.
Ko te miro te kaiwhatu, a, ko Moda te kupu itariana mō fashion. Mō Anastasia rāua ko Leilani Richard, ko te wāhi tēnei ki te whatu i ngā tikanga Māori me ngā pueru o naianei.
Hei tā Leilani Rickard - Kaiwhakatetaetae, “If you're trying to do it on your own, there's not always opportunities. So today we would like to see our collection grow actually on the world stage.”
Ehara hoki a Dame Pieter Steward i te tauhou ki ēnei mahi. Na, kei Miromoda te kaiwhakatū o NZ Fashion Week e kimi ana i ngā toki Māori mō ēnei tūmomo mahi.
Hei tā Dame Pieter Stewart - Tiati, Miromoda, “So each year I come and judge this competition and from that together with the other judges we work out which designers are capable of showing their collection on the catwalk, and also who would probably be able to produce commercially and to go on to the next step because it's not just about the competition.”
Ko tā Ata Te Kanawa – Kaiwhakaū Kaupapa, Miromoda, “Even though we wanted to maintain an essence of being Māori we also wanted to be able to be searched on google for fashion globally. That has pretty much worked.”
He whakakite kahu te kaituitui a Alana Cooper nō Pōneke i mua i tana whakatairanga i te rārangi kākahu o Whatu.
Hei tāna, e ahu mai ana tana rārangi pūeru i tana ngākau nui ki te korowai.
Hei tā Alana Cooper - Kaiwhakataetae, Miromoda, “The actual garments themselves derive from the korowai. I was thinking of the idea of being wrapped and embraced in your whakapapa and being embraced in the hard work that has been done to make that garment for your whānau.”
Ka mutu, tokorua ngā kaihanga kakahu ka whakatairanga i a rātou taonga ki NZ Fashion Week ka tū a te marama o Akuhata.