De­signer ready for take­off

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES PAUL

It might be the op­por­tu­nity of a life­time but one Tawa fash­ion de­signer is de­ter­mined New Zealand Fash­ion Week won’t be the last time peo­ple see his work.

Study­ing at New Zealand Fash­ion Tech­nol­ogy, 21-year-old An­dre Ngeth was se­lected to com­pete in this year’s Re­sene De­signer Run­way event.

Stu­dents picked a num­ber out of a hat cor­re­lat­ing to a brown pa­per bag which con­tained a silk sari from south­ern In­dia.

Af­ter trans­form­ing the ma­te­rial into a silk dress, a panel of judges se­lected his work among 16 other pieces to open three shows at next month’s Fash­ion Week.

‘‘It was def­i­nitely sur­pris­ing find­ing out but I’m def­i­nitely happy. It has been a very long and ex­haust­ing jour­ney but it has paid off,’’ he said.

‘‘I can say this won’t be the last that peo­ple will hear or see of me and my work. Fash­ion gives me a path­way to­wards ex­press­ing my pas­sions.’’

Through­out the de­sign process, from a piece of south­ern In­dian

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