Fash­ion pas­sion sets sights on Paris

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By SHEL­LEY GRECO

Joshua Fache has a pas­sion for fash­ion – and he wants to take it to Paris.

The city-based AUT fash­ion de­sign stu­dent plans to study for his masters de­gree at the Institut Fran­cais de la Mode in Paris. But first he hopes to win the AMP Peo­ple’s Choice Schol­ar­ship which awards $10,000 to the per­son with the most votes, help­ing Ki­wis continue to do great things.

“This is the kind of schol­ar­ship any­one can ap­ply for. It’s ba­si­cally New Zealan­ders do­ing their thing, work­ing hard and in the long term, help­ing New Zealan­ders.

“It’s very ex­pen­sive to study in France and this is my ul­ti­mate goal. It would be nice to be recog­nised for my hard work,” Mr Fache says.

The Institut Fran­cais de la Mode is the cen­tre in France for train­ing, re­search and ex­per­tise in the fash­ion de­sign and cre­ative in­dus­tries.

Mr Fache first read Vogue as a teenager and his eye for fash­ion was quick to emerge.

“It’s ba­si­cally been an on­go­ing thing for­ever,” Mr Fache says.

“My dad is of French de­scent and my mum is Dutch. We have a lot of ties to Europe and a lot of it has come from there.”

Mr Fache spent four years in Sydney where he worked at Em­po­rio Ar­mani as a sec­ond in charge in womenswear be­fore be­ing of­fered a tem­po­rary role at Gucci.

The de­signer re­turned to New Zealand in 2007 to con­cen­trate on his stud­ies, hav­ing al­ready earned a cer­tifi­cate in hair­dress­ing and an ad­vanced diploma in fash­ion.

Last year, he re­ceived the AUT Art and De­sign Ex­cel­lence schol­ar­ship which was based en­tirely on his first year grades.

“I worked my ass off in ev­ery­thing I did and man­aged to pull mainly A’s, if not all A’s. It paid for my tu­ition last year.” Mr Fache draws his in­spi­ra­tion from many de­sign­ers, in­clud­ing Jean Paul Gaultier, John Gal­liano and Ri­cardo Tisci who de­signs for fash­ion la­bel Givenchy.

Whether or not he wins this schol­ar­ship, Mr Fache will still ap­ply to the French in­sti­tute and if suc­cess­ful, will travel to Paris next Au­gust.

Right now he’s happy jug­gling univer­sity and his part-time job at fash­ion store World but Paris is where his fu­ture lies.

“I plan for the next 10 years to work for some­one else and work my way up, speak flu­ent French and meet ev­ery­one that I need to be meet­ing.

“Af­ter that, I want to launch my own la­bel. I want to be the first haute cou­ture de­signer in New Zealand. If Aus­tralia can do it so can we.”

Photo: SHEL­LEY GRECO

Fash­ion pas­sion: Joshua Fache wants to be the first haute cou­ture de­signer in New Zealand.

De­tailed de­sign: One of Joshua Fache’s cre­ations.

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