Talented fashion designerSarah Browning, Howick, with her designPhotograph of a model. Photo supplied
Sarah Browning’s tango dress in Resene Tango is tipped to turn heads.
Her designIt is a nod toward the movie ‘Take the Lead’Where a dance teacher inspires troubled pupils to imagine new beginnings.
Browning says that her career began in fashion was inspired by her high school teacher Elisha Hoskin at Howick College who might be in the audience when her former student’s tango dress is among a collection of stunning garments leading three shows at NZ Fashion Week which has been postponed due to Level 4 lockdown.
The Resene Designer Runway at Auckland Town Hall featured this week designs by Browning and 15 other contemporary designers. Organisers claimed that the showIt will continue. It will be the eighth Resene Colour of Fashion project with Whitecliffe Fashion Tech.
“My intention for this garment is to create a modern looking tango dress with openings to show that there are new paths that we can go down, but it still unites as one,”Browning.
“Resene Tango is vibrant, playful and energetic whether it’s a twist on the dance floor or a strut down the runway the colour would catch any eye. I created a dress that is a fashion forward tango dress, featuring cut-outs, asymmetrical lines and a low back.”
Each year undergrads in their final year at Whitecliffe Fashion Tech in Auckland and Wellington are tasked to designPresent to judges a work of contemporary art. fashion in silk, in an array of Resene paint colours, as part of their pathway to graduation in November.
2021 is a landmark year. It’s the 20th year of NZ Fashion Week and the 75th year Resene has been at forefront of all things colour in New Zealand.
The judges were looking at designs that were attractive. “super-current”. Many of the looks were hinted at design elements from 1946 – the year Resene began.
Dame Pieter Stewart, founder of NZ Fashion Week, joined Ruby general manager Emily Miller-Sharma, Val Marshall-Smith founder of NZ Fashion Tech (now Whitecliffe Fashion Tech) and Resene marketing manager Karen Warman at the judging table.
They selected these top-16 finalists to appear at NZ Fashion Week
Some of the students can remember when they first sewn their first stitch five years ago. They now have the opportunity to see their work on models who will be walking the runway with the winter 2022 collections by Trelise Cooper, Kate Sylvester and Zambesi.
In eight years of the Resene Colour of Fashion project more than 220 students of fashion have been given a highly visible platform in the fashion industry on the strength of this partnership between New Zealand’s leading paint and fashion education companies.
The finalists will also lead Whitecliffe Fashion Tech’s graduate runway showNovember will see the announcement of the 2021 winner and a Resene prize presented.
Karen Warman of Resene says, “We love giving these creative young people a head start in fashion. They are able to immerse themselves into the Resene colour and create a striking contemporary look that celebrates their talent.
“We are thrilled the project this year marks our part in New Zealand’s colour story which started 75 years ago. We can’t wait to see all of the finalists colouring up the runway at the 20th NZ Fashion Week,”She said.
Whitecliffe chairman Feroz Ali and new owner of NZ Fashion Week says, “We treasure the long-standing partnership with Resene. Each year, the Resene Colour of Fashion project offers an incredible opportunity for Whitecliffe Fashion Tech students to showcase their skills to the industry, family and friends.”