Mil­i­tary aes­thetic in­spires young de­signer

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‘‘I'm in­cred­i­bly hon­oured to rep­re­sent AUT Art and De­sign Fac­ulty who has given me a great base of knowl­edge about the in­dus­try.’’

And be­cause she doesn’t cre­ate sam­ples first, there’s a lot of pres­sure on Marage to get it right the first time.

‘‘I don’t do pro­to­typ­ing, as cal­ico just won’t work; so I try to do the fi­nal one as I go. It’s a lot of pres­sure. it takes three days to make one of the bags.’’

Marage said show­cas­ing her col­lec­tion along­side New Zealand’s es­tab­lished fash­ion de­sign­ers was an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity.

‘‘I’m in­cred­i­bly hon­oured to rep­re­sent AUT Art and De­sign Fac­ulty who has given me a great base of knowl­edge about the in­dus­try.

‘‘AUT have ar­ranged the mod­els. We just need to get our­selves ready. I’ve never been to fash­ion week be­fore, so it’s ex­tra cool.’’

Now study­ing hon­ours, Marage said she was think­ing about com­plet­ing her masters as well.

‘‘AUT has sup­ported me so much. It’s like my home right now. The peo­ple I’m around are re­ally in­spi­ra­tional.’’

With her ca­reer plans now firmly in place, Marage said she was so grate­ful to her par­ents for bring­ing her fam­ily to New Zealand.

‘‘It’s so peace­ful. I’m so glad my par­ents brought me here and gave me the free­dom to do what I love to do.’’

NZFW runs from Au­gust 28 to 31 for trade, be­fore NZ Fash­ion Week­end in­vites the pub­lic to join from Septem­ber 1 to 3. Thanushi’s col­lec­tion will be show­cased on Au­gust 30 at mid­day.

NATALIE POL­LEY / STUFF

Thanushi Marage’s sketch of her back­pack.

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