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.