Project Name: Te Wairua of Happily Ever After
I am captivated by fashion, and I want to make women feel beautiful and secure in my garments. Identifying as both Māori and European, my design practice has become significantly informed by the bicultural nature of Aotearoa/New Zealand.’Te Wairua of Happily Ever After’, is a collection based on my emotions and looking within, through my own auto-ethnographic exploration. The garments are a visual representation, communicating my journey and experiences of wairua. Through considered design and craftsmanship, my graduate collection conveys what wairua symbolises to me, and in ways I could not articulate through the English vocabulary.