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NZFT Grads: Bridget Scanlan

NZFT Grads: Bridget Scanlan

“NZFT really is learning like no other…” We recently caught up with the amazing Bridget Scanlan, a graduate of NZ Fashion Tech and the brains behind KYT. We talk about life after NZFT, the inspiration behind her designs and her fashion heroes. Read her full story via the link

The NZFT Fam: Renuka Kumar

The NZFT Fam: Renuka Kumar

The Fiji Fashion Festival is on THIS weekend and one of our very own students, Renuka Kumar, has been asked to show a collection. We recently caught up with the rising star to get her take on fashion and a little insight into her hectic schedule leading up to one of Fiji’s biggest fashion shows. Read the full interview over on our blog

Resene Briefing Day

Resene Briefing Day

Our Diploma students are underway with their designs as part of our Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion collaboration. Using Resene's 2018 palette, students create unique, one-of-a-kind silk garments. Check out some snap shots of their briefing day 💙🌈.

Looks we love: The Little Black Dress

Looks we love: The Little Black Dress

There aren’t many classic pieces that have stood the test of time as well as the beloved LBD. We’ve put together some fave looks showing how we love to style the LBD. Check it out now over on the blog.

The Black Miniskirt Edit

See our curated list of Black Miniskirts available in NZ

The Black Miniskirt Edit

We are all about our wardrobe staples. Those faithful pieces that never let you down, that can be worn for any occasion throughout the seasons and look flawless for years. Check out our latest blog post here to see our Black Miniskirt Edit. BRB, going shopping. 

NZ Fashion Week Graduate Show

NZ Fashion Week Graduate Show

We are so proud to announce that our grads, Dominique Hopson, Susan Colton and Dennis Jackson will be representing us at New Zealand Fashion Week this year. Congratulations to you all, we can’t wait to see your collections ❤️. Above is a look from each of the designers at our graduate showcase last year.

Best second-hand boutiques in Auckland & Wellington

Best second-hand boutiques in Auckland & Wellington

Wanting a list of the BEST second-hand boutiques in Auckland and Wellington? Well we have answered your prayers. All about ethical fashion and sustainability, these boutiques are full of designer labels and bargains that will have your friends green with envy. Check it out now over on our blog. 

Vancouver Fashion Week Highlights

Vancouver Fashion Week Highlights

Vancouver Fashion Week showcased so many inspiring and impressive designs this year, particularly Jerome Taylor's Not For You collection. 

Click here to see the full gallery of our favourite show. 

The NZFT Fam: Niumea Nauleo-Rameka

Q&A with Niumea Nauleo-Rameka

The NZFT Fam: Niumea Nauleo-Rameka

Episode two of the #NZFTFam chats is with Niumea Nauleo-Rameka, an up and coming talent who loves designing gowns. Read more here.

The NZFT Fam: Lisa Tapiki

Q&A with current Manukau student, Lisa Tapiki

The NZFT Fam: Lisa Tapiki

Welcome to the NZFT Fam. We love our students and are always keen to hear about their inspirations and aspirations. Our first #NZFTFAM chat is with Lisa Tapiki, one of our amazing Manukau students. Click here to read her story.

The Best of Festival Fashion

Check out our favourite picks of festival fashion for 2018.

The Best of Festival Fashion

Currently we’re in the midst of the festival season and New Zealand does a pretty good job at putting it on. With Homegrown, Splore and Auckland City Limits coming up, it’s the perfect opportunity to get some inspiration and adorn some of the season’s edgy looks. Click here to see our top picks of festival fashion for 2018.

Image credits: Austin Neill, Tyla Rose Hunt, Vivianne Flrs, Olena Grin, Instagram/iknowthisone

Auckland Graduates

Students from Manukau and Auckland graduated today.

Auckland Graduates

Congratulations Auckland graduates! We wish you all the best for your next chapters. Can’t wait to follow all of your successes! 

Wellington Graduates

Our talented Wellington students graduated on Thursday, February 1st.

Wellington Graduates

These are some of the talented people that made up our Wellington campus for 2017. We’re looking forward to seeing all of the returning faces, and good luck to those who have completed their studies.

Congratulations to you all! We can’t wait to see what the future holds.

5 trends we love this summer

We've curated a list of fashion loves we can’t get enough of this summer.

5 trends we love this summer

We’ve not only been enjoying the sweltering rays that NZ summer has showered us with, but also the daring and desirable trends that have hit the pavements from Cape Reinga to Stewart Island. Check out the details over on our blog.

Photo credits: Alessandra Ambrosio, Karen Walker, Stolen Girlfriends Club, Stacey Banfield and Youhan Khosho

Diploma Showcases were epic in Auckland and Wellington!

Both the Auckland and Wellington Diploma Runway Shows didn't disappoint.

Diploma Showcases were epic in Auckland and Wellington!

At the end of three intensive years of study, students on the Diploma Programme with NZ Fashion Tech produce a Diploma Showcase for industry, family and friends in both Auckland and Wellington 

Their brief is to create a commercial, ready to wear collection, for a chosen and researched target market and our Showcase events are attended by leading industry figures. 

We delighted in seeing our students' ranges on the runway. Together with their family and friends ,we are hugely proud of them and in what they have achieved.

What thrilling and eclectic ranges we saw. From street wear, to summer casual to bridal. Each collection was unique and inspiring.  

There were award winners for both shows:

For Auckland:

All Round Excellence - Roi Nu
Sponsored by Sewspec

Technical Excellence - Natalia Donald
Sponsored by Direct Sewing Machines

Hawes and Freer award for Design Excellence - Sian Roberts

Most Commercial Collection - Meghan Williams
Sponsored by Apparel Magazine

OnKor award for Visual Excellence - Jennifer Samsudin

For Wellington:

Technical Excellence - Dennis Jackson
Sponsored by Direct Sewing Machines & Supplies

All Round Excellence - Roxanne Scheepers
Sponsored by Apparel Magazine and the Sustainability Trust

Most Commercial Collection - Sam Peniata
Sponsored by Voda MM and Big Mark Photography

Hawes and Freer award for Design Excellence - Youhan Khosho

OnKor award for Visual Excellence - Dominique Hopson

Congratulations to everyone for a job well done! 

Auckland Video and Photo Gallery

Wellington Video and Photo Gallery

You can download the videos from these links: Auckland and Wellington 

Jerome Taylor and Jordan Noah talk about NZ Fashion Week 2017

Catch up with Jerome and Jordan at FW this year.

Jerome Taylor and Jordan Noah talk about NZ Fashion Week 2017

It was Jerome's second year showing at NZ Fashion Week. Last year he showcased his collection in the Graduate show and this year as an emerging designer in the New Generation Show!

Jordan graduated in 2016 and had her first showing this year in the Graduate Show with her new collection. 

Read their blog here.

Photo's courtesy of Jerome and Jordan

Olivia Dunn featured on Tagata Pasifika

Our Wellington Diploma student, Olivia, was interviewed by Tagata Pasifika.

Olivia Dunn featured on Tagata Pasifika

Olivia is in her third year at NZ Fashion Tech and this year she participated in the Resene NZ Fashion Tech colour of Fashion competition which resulted in 16 lucky students across our Auckland and Wellington campuses being seleceted to open the Resene Designer Runway shows at NZ fashion Week this year. Watch her Tagata Pasifika story. 

Student refelctions.

Suzi, Rachel, Sian, Samantha and Ace tell us about aspects of their experience...

Student refelctions.

Our 15 students have returned from India and had time to reflect on the whole experience. They were awarded the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia and spent 6 weeks away from home, learning about textile and apparel production and the Indian culture.

Check out our blog - our students tell us their expereinces in their own words.

Exciting announcement for NZ Fashion Tech!

Education Entrepreneur, Feroz Ali, has purchased NZ Fashion Tech.

Exciting announcement for NZ Fashion Tech!

This month Feroz Ali will be taking the reins of NZ Fashion Tech. Feroz is highly respected in the Private Education Sector both in NZ and abroad with has years of experience leading, developing and growing institutions. He says, 'New Zealand will always be home for me, and the private tertiary sector is what I know best.”  

His reinvestment in New Zealand after 3 years building his enterprises in Canada is welcomed by current NZ Fashion Tech owner, Val Marshall-Smith. 

Val says, 'Feroz has an energy,  a passion and a vibrancy that will lift our award-winning college to the next level. Everyone is excited to have him on-board'

Read more here.

Let's catch up with our 15 students in India on their Prime minister's Scholarship for Asia!

It's a month into the 6 week long educational experience for our third year students and they have packed soooo much into their time so far!

Let's catch up with our 15 students in India on their Prime minister's Scholarship for Asia!

The students tell us their stay has been the most amazing experience ever. The people and Bannari Amman Institute of Technology have definitely treated them like royalty.

In these past few weeks they have had many outings to visit garment and fabric manufacturing units which have been mind blowing, allowing an insight to how the fabrics are constructed, treated, dyed and seeing how a garment manufacturing unit works from a plain fabric to the hundreds and thousands of garments that are made in a single day!

They have also had several excursions - a city hidden on the very top of the beautiful mountains called Udhagamandalam, also know as Ooty.

In Ooty they visited three places, the High Field Tea factory, the amazing Botanical Gardens and the river in Ooty where they had a boat ride around the lake.

They've also had some really enjoyable workshops with some amazingly talented ladies teaching them traditional arts and crafts of India such as hand embroidery, terracotta jewellery making, glass painting, coffee painting, plaster of paris and silk thread jewellery making.

Finally they visited a small village where they all got to select thier saris to remake our Resene garments. Check out our blog for the full story and gallery of photos. 

Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion 2017 - Raising the profiles of our fashion students!

What a rush for our Diploma students as they see their designs published in print, online and on TV!!

Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion 2017 - Raising the profiles of our fashion students!

It's less than a week since the announcement of the 16 finalists of the Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion project 2017. These finalists designs will be walking the catwalk at the Resene Designer Runway Shows at NZ Fashion Week this year! Already the national and local papers have published several great stories of our students and their designs! 

Our very own Director, Val Marshall- Smith, appreared on The Cafe to discuss the amazing opportunities this 'education meets colour collaboration' brings. 

Congratulations to the 16 students:
Andre Ngeth, Brooke Neary, Hayley Smith, Jennifer Samsudin, Katie Flanagan, Kaylee Powell, Matthew Baitson, Natalia Donald, Olivia Dunn, Raishal Harrison, Roi Nu, Sara Rezai, Sian Roberts, Susan Colton, Suzi Thompson and Youhan Khosho.

The Times Online saw Jennifer Samsudin featured.  

Stuff showcased Sian Roberts.

The Herald highlighted Natalia Donald and The Herald Online featured Roi Nu, Jennifer Samsudin and Brooke Neary

The Apparel Magazine featured Aimee Hallan and Dominique Hopson. 

Phew! That's not to mention Val's appearance on The Cafe and an 8 page spread in the latest Next Magazine featuring the designs of Dominique Hopkins, Sandy huang, Raishal Harrison, Youhan Khosho, Roi Nu and Jennifer Samsudin!

We're so excited for Fashion Week this year! 

15 students awarded the Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia have arrived in India!

Our students left New Zealand and travelled via Singapore to Coimbatore, India. They will spend 6 weeks travelling the region learning about the apparel and textile industry, soaking up the culture and seeing what it's like to live in a country so different from NZ. Each week we will hear from the students about their adventure! Here's an excerpt from Aimee Hallen's #1 week.

15 students awarded the Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia have arrived in India!

We arrived in India all feeling pretty shattered from our long journey, but we were welcomed with open arms that just completely lifted our spirits. We were greeted by members of the Bannari Amman Institute of Technology faculty and given beautiful and fragrant flower leis, a lotus flower and a single rose! Already we were aware that the culture here is so open and friendly! 
Through the dark of the night we travelled to the campus and where we would call home for the next 6 weeks. 


On our first day we set out to visit some local temples for the Hindu religion, the first temple we visited was the home of Bannari Amman, the Goddess of Strength and the fisrt of her two sons. It was a lovely insight to one of the many cultures that are worshipped in Bannari Amman. The second temple we visited was the home to the second son; this we climbed what felt like hundreds of stairs all the to the top. From this temple the view was breaking taking. It was just a whole different type of landscape that personally I've never been able to experience before! You could see for miles in all directions. The colours of both temples were unbelievable! I'd never seen anything like it in person! Everything was so bright and bold. We went inside and were able to experience a prayer session. It was absolutely beautiful to see the local people in their religion. 

Among these trips and classes we have been able to have a taste of the large varieties of food and culture which we can't get enough of!!! 
The more we are out on the bus we realise that there are the bare minimum for road rules, if there are any! It's a really fun and entertaining experience as we overtook motorcycles, trucks and other busses by pulling out into oncoming traffic and slipping back in front to safely as the oncoming traffic flys by!

This is first week has truly been an amazing experience! I'm really looking forward to what the rest of our time here has in store for us!

Visit the Fashion Tech blog to read the full story. 

Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion 2017 is under way!

For the fourth year we have teamed up with Resene with this amazing project for our 3rd year Diploma students.

Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion 2017 is under way!

The excitement is building!

So far our Director, Val Marshall-Smith has presented the brief to all our Diploma students, followed by the students picking a number from a hat. That number correlated to a number on a brown paper bag that contained a beautiful silk sari from southern India. These sari's have been colour matched to a Resene Colour of Fashion colour. The brief, the sari and the colour test pot are the inspiration for the students to begin the design process toward their Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion final garment. Watch the students' excitement at their briefing day.

Next, the students presented their designs on mood boards and storyboards to Val and their tutors for design approval. Once approved, the real work begins - testing their design with calico toiles. Testing, re-testing, adapting and....getting it right!

To come will be constructing their designs in their silk.... we can hardly wait!

With judging day looming after completion, 10 lucky students will win the opportunity to open the Resene Designer Showcases at NZ Fashion Week 2017! 

15 Diploma Students Awarded the Prime Minister's Scholarship to Asia

CONGRATULATIONS to all our students awarded the Prime Minister's Scholarship to Asia 2017!

15 Diploma Students Awarded the Prime Minister's Scholarship to Asia

For an unprecedented 4th year NZ Fashion Tech has been awarded the Prime Minister's Scholarship to Asia. 

Our 3rd year students have now been given the opportunity to make a submission to apply for one of the 15 scholarships and we are pleased to annnounce those who have been selected for this amazing adventure!

Congratulations to: Aimee Hallen, Ana Te Whaiti, Samantha Gamman, Sian Roberts, Suzi Thompson, Bill Peniata, Catherine Saunders, Dominique Hopson, Jan Espino, Katie Flanagan, Kaylee Powell, Olivia Dunn, Rachel Hillier, Susan Colton and Youhan Khosho.

They will all be flying to India on a 6 week educational programme where they will see first hand where cotton is grown, how silk is made and experience the texile industry as a whole. Along with that they will experience the culture, traditions and lifestyle of the Coimbature region in southern India, hosted by the Bannari Amman Institute of Technology. 

Class of 2017

Keep Calm and Welcome Back!

Class of 2017

It's been a very busy first month for all our new classes of 2017. 

Our year 1 Certificate in Fashion Technology classes have have had their orientation, and been hard at work getting to grips with our industrial sewing machines.

Our year 2 Certificate in Pattern Design classes have already finished two flat-pattern projects - the cot blanket and skirt.

Our year 3 Diploma in Fashion Technology classes have dived straight into their first design projects and completed their knitwear and lingerie garments. 

In addition there have been field trips to local museums to see exhibitions on historic costumes, outfits from Split Enz and the Beagle Boys. There have been class comunication exercises where, once split into several groups, the students made a portion of an outfit and then put all the pieces together to see what they had created.

To round the month off our students went to a private screening in both Auckland and Wellington of, 'Bill Cunningham' - a movie documentary of the world's most influential fashion photographers.

Bring on next month!

Whoop! Whoop! We are awarded the Prime Minister's Scholaship for Asia for the 4th year running!

We are so excited at the announcement from Hon Paul Goldsmith, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister, that NZ Fashion Tech will receive 15 Prime Minister's Scholarships for Asia (PMSA) in 2017.

Whoop! Whoop! We are awarded the Prime Minister's Scholaship for Asia for the 4th year running!

NZ Fashion Tech were the first Private Provider to recieve a PMSA back in 2014 and again in 2015 and 2016. Now, in another first - we will be the first Private Provider to be awarded the PMSA for a fourth year in a row!

"The PMSA is designed to encourage New Zealand students to study in Asian countries and experience the benefits of international education for themselves. Since the establishment of the PMSA programme in 2013, 907 New Zealand students have been awarded a scholarship to study in a variety of Asian countries,” says Mr Goldsmith.

This further 15 scholarships will bring our total up to 59 NZ Fashion Tech students travelling to India in their final year of study. Over their 6 week stay they are hosted by the incredible Bannari Amman Institute of Technology where they participate in a study programme based around the manufacturing, production and textile industry in India. They are also very privileged to experience the sights, sounds and culture of an amazing and vast country.

Our 2017 Diploma students will now be excited at the opportunity to apply for one of these sought after places! Let the adventure begin!

Diploma Runway Showcase 2016 - Auckland

And here are some of our Auckland Diploma Runway Showcase pics!

Diploma Runway Showcase 2016 - Auckland

So over the last 2 years our students have studied garment construction, pattern making and commercial design - culminating in a Runway Show that showcases their design ideas. These collections are a reflection of the students' dedication and their tutors' guidance and experience

Auckland Gallery

View and download the images from the Auckland Gallery.

- View the Acukland Gallery on Flickr

Diploma Runway Showcase 2016 - Wellington

We're excited to share some of the first photos from our Wellington Runway Showcase

Diploma Runway Showcase 2016 - Wellington

Last week we hosted our Diploma Runway Showcases in Auckland and Wellington. This is a culmination of over 2 years of study. The amazing commercial design ideas and quality of the resulting collections reflects the students' dedication and their tutors' guidance and experience. 

Throughout their studies with us the students get to go out into the indusrty on work experience placements and so as a 'thank you for the support' and to 'talent spot' we invited those industry people to come and see our graduating students mini ranges. 

And, of course, the night wouldn't be complete without all our students family and friends to come and cheer them along - it's always nerve-wracking putting the show together, rehearsals and the full show. 

Enjoy the first of the photos...our Wellington Showcase. 

Wellington Gallery

View and download the images from the Wellington Gallery.

- View the Wellington Gallery on Flickr

Our lovely Rossalia gets married in Fiji!

Rossalia, one of our Certificate in Fashion Technology tutors, had her fairytale wedding in Fiji this week. With photos hot off the press!

Our lovely Rossalia gets married in Fiji!

We have been waiting for Rossalia and Aaron's wedding to come around for a year now. And now it's a reality. They flew last week, with 40+ family to Fiji where they enjoyed a few days of relaxing, family time and sunshine before the big day on Tuesday. Rossalia designed and made her own gown. Each stitch tells the story of her life, her journey to NZ and meeting Aaron. What a beautiful couple, we wish you a life of happiness.

Behind the Scenes x 2

We visit the Auckland Museum archives and take a look behind the scenes at garments by NZ textile designer, Susan Holmes, and we attend a private screening of 'The First Monday in May'

Behind the Scenes x 2

Visit to the Auckland Museum

Our students were invited behind the scenes by the photographer who is documenting the collections in the Auckland Museum's archives as she thought our students might be interested to have a look at the garments she was photographing for the upcoming exhibition of NZ textile designer, Susan Holmes at The New Zealand Fashion Museum

"After a lovely walk to through the Auckland Domain we reached the Auckland Museum. We were taken back behind the scenes into a working space dedicated to the upkeep and restoration of garments owned by the museum and organising the photography of the garments. Currently working on Susan Holmes garments we got an up close look at two beautiful garments and learn their stories. We were then taking through to the studio and saw where everything is photographed for the museum's online catalogue.  It was interesting to hear the photographer talk about her thought process when photographing the garments. Using the correct background and mannequin colours make the garment pop and make the garments look amazing. I found it refreshing to see another side of the fashion industry which looks after the heritage of fashion in NZ." says Paula.

Private screening of 'The First Monday in May'

Our students and staff had the opportunity to attend a private screeing of this movie which takes a look behind the scenes at the most attended fashion exhibition in the history of The Costume Institute at the Metroploitan Museum of Art, New York. Following Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine and Met Gala chair,  and Andrew Bolton, curator, we watch the creation of 'China: Through the Looking Glass'

The attention to detail, planning and organising of the star-studded event was jaw-dropping - as were the Haute Couture garments worn by the hundreds of celebrities that attended the spectacular evening. 

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