We are so proud to announce that our grads, Dominique Hopson, Susan Colton and Dennis Jackson will be representing us at New Zealand Fashion Week this year. Congratulations to you all, we can’t wait to see your collections ❤️. Above is a look from each of the designers at our graduate showcase last year.
Best second-hand boutiques in Auckland & Wellington
Wanting a list of the BEST second-hand boutiques in Auckland and Wellington? Well we have answered your prayers. All about ethical fashion and sustainability, these boutiques are full of designer labels and bargains that will have your friends green with envy. Check it out now over on our blog.
Welcome to the NZFT Fam. We love our students and are always keen to hear about their inspirations and aspirations. Our first #NZFTFAM chat is with Lisa Tapiki, one of our amazing Manukau students. Click here to read her story.
Check out our favourite picks of festival fashion for 2018.
Currently we’re in the midst of the festival season and New Zealand does a pretty good job at putting it on. With Homegrown, Splore and Auckland City Limits coming up, it’s the perfect opportunity to get some inspiration and adorn some of the season’s edgy looks. Click here to see our top picks of festival fashion for 2018.
We've curated a list of fashion loves we can’t get enough of this summer.
We’ve not only been enjoying the sweltering rays that NZ summer has showered us with, but also the daring and desirable trends that have hit the pavements from Cape Reinga to Stewart Island. Check out the details over on our blog.
Our Wellington Diploma student, Olivia, was interviewed by Tagata Pasifika.
Olivia is in her third year at NZ Fashion Tech and this year she participated in the Resene NZ Fashion Tech colour of Fashion competition which resulted in 16 lucky students across our Auckland and Wellington campuses being seleceted to open the Resene Designer Runway shows at NZ fashion Week this year. Watch her Tagata Pasifika story.
Suzi, Rachel, Sian, Samantha and Ace tell us about aspects of their experience...
Our 15 students have returned from India and had time to reflect on the whole experience. They were awarded the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia and spent 6 weeks away from home, learning about textile and apparel production and the Indian culture.
Check out our blog - our students tell us their expereinces in their own words.
Education Entrepreneur, Feroz Ali, has purchased NZ Fashion Tech.
This month Feroz Ali will be taking the reins of NZ Fashion Tech. Feroz is highly respected in the Private Education Sector both in NZ and abroad with has years of experience leading, developing and growing institutions. He says, 'New Zealand will always be home for me, and the private tertiary sector is what I know best.”
His reinvestment in New Zealand after 3 years building his enterprises in Canada is welcomed by current NZ Fashion Tech owner, Val Marshall-Smith.
Val says, 'Feroz has an energy, a passion and a vibrancy that will lift our award-winning college to the next level. Everyone is excited to have him on-board'
It's a month into the 6 week long educational experience for our third year students and they have packed soooo much into their time so far!
The students tell us their stay has been the most amazing experience ever. The people and Bannari Amman Institute of Technology have definitely treated them like royalty.
In these past few weeks they have had many outings to visit garment and fabric manufacturing units which have been mind blowing, allowing an insight to how the fabrics are constructed, treated, dyed and seeing how a garment manufacturing unit works from a plain fabric to the hundreds and thousands of garments that are made in a single day!
They have also had several excursions - a city hidden on the very top of the beautiful mountains called Udhagamandalam, also know as Ooty.
In Ooty they visited three places, the High Field Tea factory, the amazing Botanical Gardens and the river in Ooty where they had a boat ride around the lake.
They've also had some really enjoyable workshops with some amazingly talented ladies teaching them traditional arts and crafts of India such as hand embroidery, terracotta jewellery making, glass painting, coffee painting, plaster of paris and silk thread jewellery making.
Finally they visited a small village where they all got to select thier saris to remake our Resene garments. Check out our blog for the full story and gallery of photos.
Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion 2017 - Raising the profiles of our fashion students!
What a rush for our Diploma students as they see their designs published in print, online and on TV!!
It's less than a week since the announcement of the 16 finalists of the Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion project 2017. These finalists designs will be walking the catwalk at the Resene Designer Runway Shows at NZ Fashion Week this year! Already the national and local papers have published several great stories of our students and their designs!
Our very own Director, Val Marshall- Smith, appreared on The Cafe to discuss the amazing opportunities this 'education meets colour collaboration' brings.
Congratulations to the 16 students:
Andre Ngeth, Brooke Neary, Hayley Smith, Jennifer Samsudin, Katie Flanagan, Kaylee Powell, Matthew Baitson, Natalia Donald, Olivia Dunn, Raishal Harrison, Roi Nu, Sara Rezai, Sian Roberts, Susan Colton, Suzi Thompson and Youhan Khosho.
Phew! That's not to mention Val's appearance on The Cafeand an 8 page spread in the latest Next Magazine featuring the designs of Dominique Hopkins, Sandy huang, Raishal Harrison, Youhan Khosho, Roi Nu and Jennifer Samsudin!
We're so excited for Fashion Week this year!
15 students awarded the Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia have arrived in India!
Our students left New Zealand and travelled via Singapore to Coimbatore, India. They will spend 6 weeks travelling the region learning about the apparel and textile industry, soaking up the culture and seeing what it's like to live in a country so different from NZ. Each week we will hear from the students about their adventure! Here's an excerpt from Aimee Hallen's #1 week.
We arrived in India all feeling pretty shattered from our long journey, but we were welcomed with open arms that just completely lifted our spirits. We were greeted by members of the Bannari Amman Institute of Technology faculty and given beautiful and fragrant flower leis, a lotus flower and a single rose! Already we were aware that the culture here is so open and friendly!
Through the dark of the night we travelled to the campus and where we would call home for the next 6 weeks.
On our first day we set out to visit some local temples for the Hindu religion, the first temple we visited was the home of Bannari Amman, the Goddess of Strength and the fisrt of her two sons. It was a lovely insight to one of the many cultures that are worshipped in Bannari Amman. The second temple we visited was the home to the second son; this we climbed what felt like hundreds of stairs all the to the top. From this temple the view was breaking taking. It was just a whole different type of landscape that personally I've never been able to experience before! You could see for miles in all directions. The colours of both temples were unbelievable! I'd never seen anything like it in person! Everything was so bright and bold. We went inside and were able to experience a prayer session. It was absolutely beautiful to see the local people in their religion.
Among these trips and classes we have been able to have a taste of the large varieties of food and culture which we can't get enough of!!!
The more we are out on the bus we realise that there are the bare minimum for road rules, if there are any! It's a really fun and entertaining experience as we overtook motorcycles, trucks and other busses by pulling out into oncoming traffic and slipping back in front to safely as the oncoming traffic flys by!
This is first week has truly been an amazing experience! I'm really looking forward to what the rest of our time here has in store for us!
For the fourth year we have teamed up with Resene with this amazing project for our 3rd year Diploma students.
The excitement is building!
So far our Director, Val Marshall-Smith has presented the brief to all our Diploma students, followed by the students picking a number from a hat. That number correlated to a number on a brown paper bag that contained a beautiful silk sari from southern India. These sari's have been colour matched to a Resene Colour of Fashion colour. The brief, the sari and the colour test pot are the inspiration for the students to begin the design process toward their Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion final garment. Watch the students' excitement at their briefing day.
Next, the students presented their designs on mood boards and storyboards to Val and their tutors for design approval. Once approved, the real work begins - testing their design with calico toiles. Testing, re-testing, adapting and....getting it right!
To come will be constructing their designs in their silk.... we can hardly wait!
With judging day looming after completion, 10 lucky students will win the opportunity to open the Resene Designer Showcases at NZ Fashion Week 2017!
15 Diploma Students Awarded the Prime Minister's Scholarship to Asia
CONGRATULATIONS to all our students awarded the Prime Minister's Scholarship to Asia 2017!
For an unprecedented 4th year NZ Fashion Tech has been awarded the Prime Minister's Scholarship to Asia.
Our 3rd year students have now been given the opportunity to make a submission to apply for one of the 15 scholarships and we are pleased to annnounce those who have been selected for this amazing adventure!
Congratulations to: Aimee Hallen, Ana Te Whaiti, Samantha Gamman, Sian Roberts, Suzi Thompson, Bill Peniata, Catherine Saunders, Dominique Hopson, Jan Espino, Katie Flanagan, Kaylee Powell, Olivia Dunn, Rachel Hillier, Susan Colton and Youhan Khosho.
They will all be flying to India on a 6 week educational programme where they will see first hand where cotton is grown, how silk is made and experience the texile industry as a whole. Along with that they will experience the culture, traditions and lifestyle of the Coimbature region in southern India, hosted by the Bannari Amman Institute of Technology.
It's been a very busy first month for all our new classes of 2017.
Our year 1 Certificate in Fashion Technology classes have have had their orientation, and been hard at work getting to grips with our industrial sewing machines.
Our year 2 Certificate in Pattern Design classes have already finished two flat-pattern projects - the cot blanket and skirt.
Our year 3 Diploma in Fashion Technology classes have dived straight into their first design projects and completed their knitwear and lingerie garments.
In addition there have been field trips to local museums to see exhibitions on historic costumes, outfits from Split Enz and the Beagle Boys. There have been class comunication exercises where, once split into several groups, the students made a portion of an outfit and then put all the pieces together to see what they had created.
To round the month off our students went to a private screening in both Auckland and Wellington of, 'Bill Cunningham' - a movie documentary of the world's most influential fashion photographers.
Bring on next month!
Whoop! Whoop! We are awarded the Prime Minister's Scholaship for Asia for the 4th year running!
We are so excited at the announcement from Hon Paul Goldsmith, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister, that NZ Fashion Tech will receive 15 Prime Minister's Scholarships for Asia (PMSA) in 2017.
NZ Fashion Tech were the first Private Provider to recieve a PMSA back in 2014 and again in 2015 and 2016. Now, in another first - we will be the first Private Provider to be awarded the PMSA for a fourth year in a row!
"The PMSA is designed to encourage New Zealand students to study in Asian countries and experience the benefits of international education for themselves. Since the establishment of the PMSA programme in 2013, 907 New Zealand students have been awarded a scholarship to study in a variety of Asian countries,” says Mr Goldsmith.
This further 15 scholarships will bring our total up to 59 NZ Fashion Tech students travelling to India in their final year of study. Over their 6 week stay they are hosted by the incredible Bannari Amman Institute of Technology where they participate in a study programme based around the manufacturing, production and textile industry in India. They are also very privileged to experience the sights, sounds and culture of an amazing and vast country.
Our 2017 Diploma students will now be excited at the opportunity to apply for one of these sought after places! Let the adventure begin!
And here are some of our Auckland Diploma Runway Showcase pics!
So over the last 2 years our students have studied garment construction, pattern making and commercial design - culminating in a Runway Show that showcases their design ideas. These collections are a reflection of the students' dedication and their tutors' guidance and experience
View and download the images from the Auckland Gallery.
We're excited to share some of the first photos from our Wellington Runway Showcase
Last week we hosted our Diploma Runway Showcases in Auckland and Wellington. This is a culmination of over 2 years of study. The amazing commercial design ideas and quality of the resulting collections reflects the students' dedication and their tutors' guidance and experience.
Throughout their studies with us the students get to go out into the indusrty on work experience placements and so as a 'thank you for the support' and to 'talent spot' we invited those industry people to come and see our graduating students mini ranges.
And, of course, the night wouldn't be complete without all our students family and friends to come and cheer them along - it's always nerve-wracking putting the show together, rehearsals and the full show.
Enjoy the first of the photos...our Wellington Showcase.
View and download the images from the Wellington Gallery.
Rossalia, one of our Certificate in Fashion Technology tutors, had her fairytale wedding in Fiji this week. With photos hot off the press!
We have been waiting for Rossalia and Aaron's wedding to come around for a year now. And now it's a reality. They flew last week, with 40+ family to Fiji where they enjoyed a few days of relaxing, family time and sunshine before the big day on Tuesday. Rossalia designed and made her own gown. Each stitch tells the story of her life, her journey to NZ and meeting Aaron. What a beautiful couple, we wish you a life of happiness.
We visit the Auckland Museum archives and take a look behind the scenes at garments by NZ textile designer, Susan Holmes, and we attend a private screening of 'The First Monday in May'
Visit to the Auckland Museum
Our students were invited behind the scenes by the photographer who is documenting the collections in the Auckland Museum's archives as she thought our students might be interested to have a look at the garments she was photographing for the upcoming exhibition of NZ textile designer, Susan Holmes at The New Zealand Fashion Museum.
"After a lovely walk to through the Auckland Domain we reached the Auckland Museum. We were taken back behind the scenes into a working space dedicated to the upkeep and restoration of garments owned by the museum and organising the photography of the garments. Currently working on Susan Holmes garments we got an up close look at two beautiful garments and learn their stories. We were then taking through to the studio and saw where everything is photographed for the museum's online catalogue. It was interesting to hear the photographer talk about her thought process when photographing the garments. Using the correct background and mannequin colours make the garment pop and make the garments look amazing. I found it refreshing to see another side of the fashion industry which looks after the heritage of fashion in NZ." says Paula.
Our students and staff had the opportunity to attend a private screeing of this movie which takes a look behind the scenes at the most attended fashion exhibition in the history of The Costume Institute at the Metroploitan Museum of Art, New York. Following Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine and Met Gala chair, and Andrew Bolton, curator, we watch the creation of 'China: Through the Looking Glass'
The attention to detail, planning and organising of the star-studded event was jaw-dropping - as were the Haute Couture garments worn by the hundreds of celebrities that attended the spectacular evening.
Our Wellington Certificate in Fashion Technology and Certificate in Pattern Design
students have been designing WOW creations for a window display competition at New World Metro on Willis Street. Wellington.
New World wanted to partner with us for a ‘food related’ design brief and we were up for the challenge!
Two teams were formed and the first stage of the process was to present story boards with their design ideas to Richard Taggart from New World.
Once the designs were approved, New World delivered all the resources the students would need, which included approx. 60 packs of marshmallows and 76 packs of 100’s and 1000’s cookies!
The teams worked on their designs in stages, Certificate in Fashion Technology's design ‘Sweet Dreams’ required hours of marshmallow prep, air drying and sorting - the packets were used as ‘fabric' and transformed into the bodice.
Certificate in Pattern Design’s design ‘Belle of the Ball’ required a lot of background work. They meticulously re configured each tea bag into a work of art, the silver side of biscuit packets were used as ‘fabric’ for the quilted bodice. (Some biscuits were consumed during the process just to keep the energy levels up!)
After the main outfits were made it was on to head gear and accessories, the marshmallow hat from ‘Sweet Dreams’ was very heavy by the time it was completed (and smelt great!)
The poodle was constructed using wire and Dacron for the frame then covered in marshmallow.
The head gear on the ‘Belle of the Ball’ design was designed and constructed to link together all the design components.
On Monday (after very careful design break down and transportation) we installed the creations in the New World Window. It was a matter of working in a very busy public space, re assembling the designs with hot glue gun on hand to add finishing touches. There were a lot of people interested, asking where the students were from.
We had such a great turnout to our Open Day! So many students and their families visited, getting the chance to see the Fashion Tech students in action
The whole campus got involved too - our students from all 3 programmes were greeting the visitors, taking photos, showing their current projects, explaining what it's like to be a fashion student at NZFT and generally chatting to the visitors.
A highlight of the day was playing the Story news item from the previous evening; showcasing 4 Fashion Tech
Graduates launching their first collections at New Zealand Fashion Week.
What a a huge buzz for everyone involved!
Thanks to all who came to visit and to the Fashion Tech students for being such welcoming hosts!
NZ Fashion Tech has partnered for the 3rd year with Resene in the Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion project. Each year we have been amazed at the creativity of the Diploma students and amazed at the garments they produce.
It starts with the stunning silk saris, brought to NZ from Coimbature, Southern India. This is a region in India where fabrics and textiles are part of the region’s main industries. The vibrant colours are matched with the Resene Colour of Fashion paint pots and the students are given the brief for their designs.
This year, the brief told a story of “Anahera’s Journey”which was designed to help the students widen their imagination, take creative thought for their design outside their own experiences and into an edgy contemporary world of colour and design.
The students were tasked to follow NZ Fashion Tech’s teaching and learning process, and in four weeks, create a mood board and design and make a contemporary fashion look which will light up the runway at New Zealand Fashion Week. This will have the fashion industry on the edge of their seats because it pushes boundaries in women’s fashion, signals a fresh new direction in design, shows exceptional construction quality, is strikingly beautiful and would turn heads for any woman lucky enough to wear it.
Once completed, 10 looks were selected by a panel made up from NZ Fashion Tech, Resene and the fashion industry. This collection will be worn by models who will walk the catwalk and lead the 4 Resene Designer Runway shows at New Zealand Fashion Week 2016.
In addition, exciting PR opportunities included NEXT magazine, on-line publications, leading newspapers and TV!!
- 6 looks were selected in the August edition of the NEXT magazine
We are really proud and excited at NZ Fashion Tech as we have a combination 15 current students and graduates showing their designs on the runway this year.
NZ Fashion Week is almost here! We are really proud and excited at NZ Fashion Tech as we have a combination of 15 current students and graduates showing their designs on the runway this year!
Our partnership with Resene has culminated in 10 of our current Diploma in Fashion Technology students opening the 4 Resene Designer Runway shows with their designs made from the finest Indian silks.
In addition, our 2015 graduates were invited to pitch their design ideas for the opportunity to take part in the NZFW Graduate Show. Four of our graduates were selected. Samuel Malloy with his Venin label, Jerome Taylor with his Not For You label and Emily Chin and Caity Bartholomeusz with their Em&Cait label.
And finally, our current Certificate in Pattern design student, Antoine Ogilvy, already has his label – AO – successfully up and running. He has a spot in one of the New Generation shows.
What amazing opportunities for all these designers – their hard work really is paying off!
Get onto the NZFW website and book your tickets now!