Hamitonians are set to see a fashion runway like they have never seen before – when the diversity of the city comes alive through the designs, colour, folds, and character of women’s clothing from around the world at Fashion Fusion Show at the Meteor Theatre on 27 October.
A fundraising event organised by Shama Ethnic Women’s Centre, Hamilton, the show will take attendees on a journey around the world and help them discover the “why” and “how” of women’s clothing. “It’s not just practicality and beauty that prompt women to choose to wear something,” says Silvana Erenchun Perez, Event Organiser and Manager at Shama. “For many of them, it is also a sense of identity”.
One of the highlights of the show will be a showcase of Srishti Kaur’s collection. The Hamilton designer participated at the Vancouver Fashion Week in September 2017, and this year displayed her latest collection of bridal and evening gowns in the New Zealand Fashion Week’s Emerging Couture Designer category.
“We want the show to be glamorous and attractive, but more importantly, we want the show to align with our values,
“I watched my mother sew as far as memory serves, and I’ve always been fascinated by a sewing machine,” says Kaur. “As a child, it was like magic to me. As I grew older I started to take sewing classes in school and with practice I got really good. The interest turned into a passion and with an immense gut feeling I decided to study Fashion Design. It was only a few years after graduating I found my true passion – gowns”
Srishti is not the only local designer being featured in the evet, local legend Annah Stretton will showcase some of her party attire and everyday professional clothing collection at Fashion Fusion.
“We want the show to be glamorous and attractive, but more importantly, we want the show to align with our values, and so it has to be an empowering women’s event,” says Erenchun Perez. “For this reason, the show has several categories highlighting women at work, attending parties and weddings, and donning traditional wear, sportswear, and accessories. You will see models of all ages and shapes, we want to highlight real women, confident in their own skin and body”.
Fashion Fusion Show is at The Meteor Theatre on October 27th with doors opening at 6pm, and the show from 6.45pm. Tickets are $50 ($40 for students and seniors) and will include nibbles and a drink. All proceeds will go into supporting Shama’s work in the community.