Whitecliffe students selected for 2015 New Zealand-Vietnam Fashion Students’ Collaboration

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Whitecliffe students selected for 2015 New Zealand-Vietnam Fashion Students’ Collaboration

Year Four Fashion Design students Jessica Greetham and Benjamin Farry are participating in the 2015 New Zealand-Viet Nam Fashion Students’ Collaboration sponsored by the New Zealand Embassy in Viet Nam. The project marks forty years of bilateral relations between New Zealand and Viet Nam and also encourages opportunities and cultural ties between younger generations.

Ten teams of two fashion design students (one from New Zealand, the other from Viet Nam) will be paired up to collaborate, combine their skills and create a collection of four outfits using the theme of “fusion” which represents the friendship and links between the two countries. The judging panel will include high profile fashion professionals from both New Zealand and Viet Nam. The judges will critique the collection, the interpretation of the theme “fusion”, design and construction of the garments and the overall presentation at the final fashion show. The winning team is awarded NZ $2,000, while second prize wins NZ $1,000.

Head of Fashion Department Belinda Watt comments, “we are delighted to be participating in the 2015 NZ-Viet Nam Fashion Students’ Collaboration. It is an innovative and challenging design project and an exciting opportunity for our fashion students to partner with students from a different culture to create a collection together. The students are currently sharing design boards to draw inspiration from and gain an understanding of each other’s design aesthetics. Our students are also absolutely thrilled to be traveling to Viet Nam to meet their design partners, experience Ho Chi Minh City and participate in the fashion show.”

Jessica and Benjamin will travel to Viet Nam at the end of July to work with their teammates. The Fashion Show will take place in Ho Chi Minh City on 6 August at the Caravelle Saigon Hotel. Year Four Fashion Design student Jessica Greetham says, “this will be a unique learning experience in discovering ways to share and develop ideas, learn about each other's cultures and traditions and reflect this in our final body of work."

Whitecliffe wish them all the best for this exciting project!

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