PNG’s fashion industry is set to see designers showcase their talent at the inaugural PNG Fashion Week 2016, that will take place at the newly established Stanley Hotel and Suites in Port Moresby.
The idea of the inaugural fashion show is to incorporate tribal and ethnic inspired traditional designs with contemporary fashion.
Launching the event this past week, PNG Fashion Week Director, Janet Sios, says some of the proceeds from this special event will go towards two charitable foundations; the Roger Hau’ofa medical appeal and the Hospital Poroman Foundation.
PNG’s fashion industry has not been given much prominence, however, PNG Fashion Week has seen the need to promote local designers who have created a brand for themselves.
The event will be provide a platform for local designers to showcase their wears, and to establish their brand names to be recognised across both local and international markets.
PNG Fashion Week will include a three-day workshop, from August 17-19 covering topics such as online marketing, youth empowerment, and linking together indigenous fashion with tourism.
This will all lead up to a runway show that will feature seven local up and coming designers, and one international designer from New Zealand, Bou Fonua.
The event will also include guest designers from Fijian Fashion Week and its Managing Director, Ellen Whippy, along with Pacific Runway Fashion Director, Failepou Peni.