Stun­ning works of silk from young de­sign­ers.

In the Re­sene NZ Fash­ion Tech Colour of Fash­ion com­pe­ti­tion, tal­ented young de­sign­ers are given free rein with a beau­ti­ful colour palette. The project – now in its fifth year – will see the stu­dents’ work walk the run­way at NZ Fash­ion Week later this mont

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For four weeks, fi­nal-year stu­dents at NZ Fash­ion Tech have been quilt­ing, em­broi­der­ing, drap­ing, pleat­ing and smock­ing to cre­ate wear­able works of silk in­spired by the ex­tra­or­di­nary.

The top 17 looks (judges couldn’t nar­row it down to 15) will be fea­tured on the Re­sene De­signer Run­way this Fash­ion Week, where Re­sene will give a pre­view of the sea­son’s on-trend paint colours fash­ioned into strik­ing gar­ments by promis­ing young de­sign­ers.

The project is part of the Re­sene NZ Fash­ion Tech Colour of Fash­ion col­lab­o­ra­tion, where un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents are in­spired by a brief in­struct­ing them to refuse to ‘bow to the con­ven­tion of or­di­nary’ and em­body up­lift­ing themes of fem­i­nine em­pow­er­ment in their creations. All 35 works of silk in the project show­case a Re­sene paint colour, which is cen­tral to the stu­dents’ de­sign in­spi­ra­tion.

The project, now in its fifth year, will also see pat­terns taken to In­dia by those stu­dents who have been awarded Prime Min­is­ter’s Schol­ar­ships for Asia. The 15 stu­dents will take part in six weeks of col­lab­o­ra­tive learn­ing where they will re-cre­ate the gar­ments from a lo­cally sourced silk sari. The works will then be de­buted at a ‘grande fi­nale’ fash­ion show hosted by the Ban­nari Am­man In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy at their univer­sity cam­pus in Sathya­man­galam.

Feroz Ali, chief ex­ec­u­tive of NZ Fash­ion Tech, says the learn­ing op­por­tu­nity, where stu­dents see the full spec­trum of pro­duc­tion pro­cesses from saris be­ing hand-loomed to gar­ment pro­duc­tion on a vast scale, is “in­valu­able”. Here, we show­case six of the project’s colour­ful de­signs.

Room painted in Re­sene Won­der­land, Re­sene Divine, Re­sene Frozen, Re­sene Quar­ter Frozen and Re­sene Black White. Ergo Chair, $POA, Cuchi. Plants and pots through­out from Kings Plant Barn. Re­sene JaRlaepse­noe Won­der­land Re­sene Divine Re­sene Frozen...

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