Resene - Colour of Fashion

In a first for fashion education, the lustrous colours and vibrant patterns of hand-woven silk saris from a Southern-Indian village are transformed into high fashion designs by students from NZ Fashion Tech. Made possible by an exciting collaboration with Resene that began in 2014.

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About the project

Each year for the past 3 years our Diploma in Fashion Technology students have chosen a silk sari, a Resene Colour paint pot and a brief. They are given 4 weeks to design and create a garment that is in-keeping with that brief. During the design process they create a mood board and story board that shows where their inspiration came from and how they came to their design decisions. This is then presented to a design panel for approval. From here the students start the pattern making process and then make toiles to test their patterns. Once they are happy they have everything just so, they construct their garment using the silk.

The final garments from all of the students are judged and each year has led to 6 garments being chosen to feature in the August issue of the Next Magazine and 10 garments to open the Resene Designer Runways at New Zealand Fashion Week. Year on year the results have exceeded everyone’s expectations…

And if that wasn’t enough - NZ Fashion Tech were then granted the Prime Ministers’ Scholarship for Asia – the first Institute to be granted a group scholarship in 2014 - when 15 extremely lucky students spent 5 weeks travelling India learning about fabrics and textiles, seeing where cotton originates from and how it’s transformed into fabric. We were granted the scholarships again in 2015 and 2016. Having also partnered with Bannari Amman Institute of Technology (BIT), southern India, a total 44 NZ Fashion Tech students have benefited from this generous grant and the hospitality of BIT.

One student reflected after a visit to a shawl manufacturer, ‘I purchased a shawl that took approximately 1 month to decorate! The shawl makers danced and blessed us which was a very heartwarming experience! And it makes me think how when I first started my journey at NZ Fashion Tech, never in my wildest dreams did I think that it would lead me to this stunning country, yet here I am! I can’t wait to see what else they have planned for us!’

NZFT Fam: Annmarie Williams

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