Chi­nese fash­ion event to de­but in Asian restau­rant


A con­test il­lus­trat­ing the cul­ture, unique­ness and fash­ion in Chi­nese com­mu­ni­ties plays out this Satur­day.

East Auck­lan­ders will be com­pet­ing in the coun­try’s first Ushow Chi­nese Man­darin Dress Com­pe­ti­tion, be­ing held at the Im­pe­rial Palace restau­rant and events cen­tre in Mt Welling­ton on March 17 from 3.30-6.30pm.

Chil­dren and women en­trants will be judged on their cat­walk skills, cos­tumes, man­ner­isms, grace and pos­ture.

The com­pe­ti­tion is also wel­com­ing par­tic­i­pants from Tai­wan, China, the United States and Aus­tralia.

Or­gan­is­ers say it’s a way of ed­u­cat­ing Ki­wis about Chi­nese cul­ture in New Zealand, with con­tes­tants show­cas­ing their beauty by adorn­ing make-up to em­pha­sise their nat­u­ral fea­tures, while wear­ing the tra­di­tional Cheongsam, a body-hug­ging one­piece Chi­nese dress also known as qi­pao in var­i­ous Asian cul­tures.

How­ick res­i­dent Lisa Tsui says she’s tak­ing part in the com­pe­ti­tion be­cause it makes her feel beau­ti­ful. ‘‘It makes me more happy in my life and I have fun.’’

More than 300 peo­ple are regis­tered, with over half al­ready at­tend­ing train­ing ses­sions with Chi­nese model and chief di­rec­tor Sha Xiao­dan, who is teach­ing con­tes­tants how to walk and act on stage. The model says there’s a big age gap in con­tes­tants, with the youngest be­ing three years old and the old­est 68.

Year 11 stu­dent and con­tes­tant Jas­mine Huang, of St Kentigern Col­lege in Paku­ranga, is im­pressed. ‘‘From her lessons I un­der­stood what in­ner beauty truly is, and what con­fi­dence can do to a per­son.’’

The win­ner of this Satur­day’s event will take home New Zealand’s first Ushow Chi­nese Man­darin Dress Com­pe­ti­tion Cup.

‘‘I've been in New Zealand for more than 23 years and dur­ing these years I've never seen any­thing like this.’’


Beach­lands res­i­dent and St Kentigern Col­lege stu­dent Jas­mine Huang says she’s ex­cited to be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Ushow Chi­nese Man­darin Dress Com­pe­ti­tion, the first of its kind in New Zealand.

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