17 Jul 2015

Taranaki showcases indigenous fashion

7:58 pm on 17 July 2015

Ten indigenous fashion designers from around the globe will showcase their garments at a special runway project in Taranaki this weekend.

The Indigenous Runway Project starts on Saturday 18 July.

The Indigenous Runway Project starts on Saturday 18 July. Photo: Runway Project/Tina Waru

The Indigenous Runway Project will kick off in New Plymouth tomorrow afternoon and feature indigenous models, designers and make-up artists from around the world as well as Aotearoa.

Founder of the project, Tina Waru, said the project's success lay in empowering indigenous young people to feel comfortable in their own skin.

One of the special guests, who's been invited to the weekend-long workshop, is acclaimed Australian aboriginal actress Shareena Clanton, in her role as the Indigenous Runway Project Australian ambassador.

Shareena Clanton

Shareena Clanton Photo: Supplied

The Māori designers taking part include Erika Muna Lee, Shona Tawhiao, Maehe Ranginui, Te Whare A Rangi, Jeanine Clarkin, David Roil and Mereana Ngatai.

Aboriginal designers showing their creations are Colleen Tighe Johnson, Heather Kennedy.

The runway project will also feature pieces by North American First Nations designer, Helen Oro.