Rugby World Cup of fashion at Style Pasifika

By Guest Insider – Carolyn Enting: from her blog
Liz Mitchell design for Style Pasifika

Liz Mitchell design for Style Pasifika

Endangered New Zealand indigenous plant, the woodrose (pua o te reinga), ”flower of the underworld” has inspired fashion designer Liz Mitchell’s creation for the upcoming Style Pasifika: Best of Pasifika New Zealand show.

I’ve dedicated two pages to this year’s show, which is part of the REAL New Zealand Festival, in Wednesday’s Dominion Post. You can read all about it in The Dominion Post Life section.

You won’t see Mitchell’s design though, as her shoot didn’t meet our print deadline. But here it is now!

Style Pasifika, now in its 17th year, is first and foremost a design competition that celebrates New Zealand’s Pacific culture. But this year, because of the Rugby World Cup 2011 and the REAL New Zealand Festival, event organisers have invited leading New Zealand designers to create an exhibition garment especially for the event – inspired by New Zealand and rugby.

International designers from the other 19 Rugby World Cup 2011 participating nations have also been invited to participate. Their designs will be revealed on the catwalk at the show in Auckland which is being held over two nights on October 18 and 19.

Designers include Yohji Yamamoto (Japan), Giorgio Armani senior designer Daniela Cicero (Italy), John Rocha (Ireland), Tigerlily (Australia), and Elizabeth Emanuel (England) who designed Princess Diana’s wedding gown, just to name a few! All made of New Zealand merino wool.

Mitchell’s design incorporates New Zealand merino too. The bodice of the garment is plaited merino wool entwined with feathers and crystals “embracing the organic sense of the bush supplejack creepers”, Mitchell says.

The textured pleated skirt forms a truck of strength carrying its canopy of foliage and bird life, with its cape of silk organza and feather puff balls.

Alicia Courtney’s greenstone and feather necklace is also a feature and continues the celebration of nature.

Tickets for this event can be purchased from and you can read more about the event at


About REAL New Zealand Festival

The REAL New Zealand Festival will celebrate all things New Zealand during Rugby World Cup 2011 – from 9 September to 24 October.
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