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Auckland Diploma Showcase Highlights 2019

View the video highlights from our 2019 Auckland Diploma Showcase.

Auckland Diploma Showcase Highlights 2019

Whitecliffe Fashion Tech students help vulnerable children

139 marbles mazes have been produced by Whitecliffe Fashion Tech students for Foster Hope - a not-for-profit working to improve the lives of children in foster care around New Zealand.

Whitecliffe Fashion Tech students help vulnerable children

As it stands, there are currently 6,500 children in New Zealand in the Government-funded foster care system. For a child suffering from worries and anxieties far beyond their years, a little can go a long way.

That is why Whitecliffe Fashion Tech has partnered with Foster Hope. The not-for-profit works to improve the lives of children in foster care around New Zealand – creating backpacks filled with the everyday items we take for granted.

For nine years now, the charity has filled backpacks with soaps and shampoos, toothpaste and toothbrush, sanitary products and books for all ages. But getting their hands on enough toys to distribute can be tough.

Christina Doherty, a tutor at Whitecliffe Fashion Tech, jumped at the opportunity to build a solution to this as a project for her Certificate in Pattern Design students. She thought that therapeutic marble mazes could easily be incorporated into the existing production lessons.

We all saw it with fidget spinners, but fidget toys or tools are incredibly popular amongst children and adults suffering from mental health-related issues. The act of moving a marble from point-to-point within the maze creates a soothing feeling of comfort, and can immediately distract anyone from anxious thoughts. 

And it was that simple – while the school purchased the marbles, the students then used scrap fabric and thread to sew a maze, all the while learning about the different styles of production lines.

At the end of the project, 139 marbles mazes were produced – Doherty, the Fashion Tech students and faculty, as well as the team at Foster Hope were so proud at what had been achieved.

“Obviously, there is the sustainability aspect of using our own waste materials,” says Doherty. “But the community involvement is empowering for the students - the duel satisfaction of making and giving can only have positive results.”

Two Foster Hope representatives came to collect the mazes and took the opportunity to meet the tutors and students from all classes. This has prompted more donations and forged a strong tie for the future with the charity.

If you would like to donate to Foster Hope, visit their website here.

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For media enquiries – contact Madeleine Smith, Content and Communications Marketer – madeleines@whitecliffe.ac.nz

Whitecliffe Fashion Tech invited to 2019 NZFW Graduate Show

Whitecliffe Fashion Tech is excited to announce that they are one of three schools to have been invited to take part in the 2019 New Zealand Fashion Week’s Graduate Show.

Whitecliffe Fashion Tech invited to 2019 NZFW Graduate Show

Whitecliffe Fashion Tech is excited to announce that they are one of three schools to have been invited to take part in the 2019 New Zealand Fashion Week’s Graduate Show.

Graduates Bahji Cochrane, Elisabeth Clink and Jo Shierlaw will be showcasing their brands at the Graduate Show, alongside designers from Otago Polytechnic and Massey University.

It is the fourth consecutive year that Whitecliffe Fashion Tech has been asked to participate, a feat that General Manager Jacqui Byrne says she is immensely proud of.

“For the school to be invited to take part for the fourth year in a row, is a brilliant outcome,” Byrne says. “It just reflects the level of enthusiasm and talent that our graduates are bringing to the New Zealand fashion industry.”

Cochrane is bringing his label BO’NC to the runway – a collection of handmade garments, clothing and accessories. He describes his collection as “glamorously OTT with a twist of rebellion, inspired by music, film and art.”

Clink is excited to showcase her label E 33, which represents a love for simple lines, combined with boldness of colour, silhouette and texture.

“This collection is inspired by the collapse of the Eastern Bloc, and the paradox of long term austerity and high drama of emotions that come from adaptation to profound change,” Clink states.

While Shierlaw’s label Funky Town takes inspiration from “the vibrant, chaotic city of New York. This collection focuses on a strong use of colour blocking, line, form and textiles.” 

The Graduate Show will run on August 28 at 2pm on the NZFW main stage.

See all three designers highlighted on the New Zealand Fashion Week website:

 

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For media enquiries – contact Madeleine Smith, Content and Communications Marketer – madeleines@whitecliffe.ac.nz

Armour-like ‘swirl’ fashioned into winning dress

Bryony Acraman announced as the 2019 winner of Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion.

Armour-like ‘swirl’ fashioned into winning dress

MEDIA RELEASE: Bryony Acraman (22) was handed the paint colour Resene Valour and a length of silk dyed to match.

It was May, the beginning of this year’s Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion project.

Bryony and 38 students saw it as a daunting task, but knew it was an important part of their learning and would contribute to their tertiary qualification. They would be graduating at the end of the year.

The young designer from Howick, Bryony Acraman, hadn’t sewn a stitch, held a pair of sewing shears or thought about how to make a pattern just three years earlier.

It was a tight timeline, designed to mirror the time-pressure fashion designers face in real life. Students had three weeks to design and make a look for the runway.

Bryony brought ancient armour, the story of Mulan and origami themes to her design, developing “an elegant contemporary dress with striking sculpted overskirt and subtle oriental feel,” the judges’ notes read.

Judge, Sandy Austin-Fraser from New Zealand Fashion Week, says: “It was a pleasure to be involved in the judging and have the privilege of seeing the students’ work. I was impressed by the level of detail and thought that had gone into all of the garments, as well as the variety of interpretations of the brief. Bryony’s dress particularly stood out with its avant-garde swirl creating a silhouette that we think will really pop on the runway.”

On Wednesday 7 August at midday, Bryony found out she was the winner of Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion 2019. She learnt that a top model will wear her dress, stepping onto the runway first to lead four New Zealand Fashion Week shows – one private show as part of the 2019 Resene Total Colour Awards and three Resene Designer Runway public shows at the Town Hall.

She has also received an engraved pair of professional sewing shears, an industrial sewing machine and a fabric voucher to kick-start her post-grad career, gifted by Resene. 

Fashion wasn’t always Bryony’s passion. She said: “In my early teens I had no interest in fashion and liked to dress in comfortable baggy clothes, not caring if they had holes in them or not.”

She didn’t like dressing up or putting on make-up but as she grew up that changed.

When asked who she would like sitting in the front row of the Resene Designer Runway when her dress first appears, she said: “My family. Their support means the most to me. Jesus, because I literally could not have finished my garment if not for Him, and also Beyonce because she is such an icon in fashion and music and represents strong women. She is very inspiring to me.”

Asked about the experience, she said: “It helped me realise how fun it is to start with an idea and see it come to life. It was amazing to see my dress on a moving model instead of just a mannequin.”

Bryony Acraman’s winning dress will appear on the runway at New Zealand Fashion Week 12.30pm on Thursday 29 August before a sea of lights, cameras and style.

The Big Picture

In six years, since the Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion project began, over 75 students of fashion have been launched into the big-time - having their work modelled on the runway at New Zealand Fashion Week as part of a uniquely colourful collection.

The 2019 line-up of talent faced the judges in June. Judging Day saw 39 extraordinary works of silk worn by models in this season’s palette of fashion colours from Resene.

Crafted and nuanced by the students into contemporary fashion looks with intricate design rationale, bold creative expression and technical precision, the garments were put through their paces.

It’s a project where Resene collaborates with NZ Fashion Tech giving undergrads in their final year of study at campuses in Auckland and Wellington a chance to be part of a professional fashion shoot, direct their own portfolio images from behind the camera and feature in a Resene on-line gallery.

The 17 finalists in 2019 – ten from Auckland and seven from Wellington – will attend a celebration at New Zealand Fashion Week on 29 August where the Resene Designer Runway will open with their designs – dresses, jumpsuits, shorts - in an explosion of vibrant paint colour.

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Released by Resene in association with NZ Fashion Tech. For information contact Madeleine Smith, Whitecliffe Fashion Tech, madeleines@whitecliffe.ac.nz

Beth Ellery collaborates with Whitecliffe Fashion Tech on zero waste project

Designer Beth Ellery, in collaboration with Whitecliffe Fashion Tech, has launched BE baby with the incentive to encourage sustainable practice in the workroom, as well as making beautiful clothes for children.

Beth Ellery collaborates with Whitecliffe Fashion Tech on zero waste project

Whitecliffe Fashion Tech is excited to introduce a collaboration with designer Beth Ellery.

BE baby launched in 2018 with the incentive to encourage sustainable practice in the workroom, as well as making beautiful clothes for children.

The collaboration with Whitecliffe Fashion Tech was a natural partnership to instigate the platform for a zero-waste project, as the program focuses on the integration of fashion and sustainability.

Restricting the materials available made the team work hard on creating concepts that focus on the essential idea of the garment, while also offering the functionality and durability needed in children’s clothing.

The class generated designs through sketching ideas to respond to the existing collection aesthetically to see a style through to sample trials and toiling. Our final pieces are manufactured in the Diploma class workroom to the highest industry standards. The final project is now live and available at bethellery.com

The collaboration has encouraged the students to understand the context around theory and applying technical skills that they have learnt through the program. This has given them real-world experience on how a collection is created; also strengthen the relationship between Diploma students and industry when they are pursuing their first jobs.

The zero-waste project is being incorporated as an ongoing curricular activity into the Whitecliffe Fashion Tech Diploma program, introducing a different designer every year to collaborate with students. This will give the New Zealand fashion industry an opportunity to be involved in educating students and consumers on how they can impact the future of fashion with a holistic approach.

We are very proud of this collection and what it represents.

Full proceedings of the BE baby Zero go to Women's Refuge.

 

2018 Diploma Showcase

View the video highlights from our 2018 Auckland and Wellington Diploma Showcase - runway shows.

2018 Diploma Showcase

View the video highlights from our 2018 Auckland and Wellington Diploma Showcase - runway shows.

Auckland Video Highlights

Wellington Video Highlights

NZFT Fam: Annmarie Williams

NZFT Fam: Annmarie Williams

The Pacific Fusion Fashion Show is on THIS WEEKEND. One of our students, Annmarie is showcasing her label MOTFAW, so we sat down with her to ask about her inspirations, her life leading up to the show and her take on fashion. Read her story here. 

Asia Pacific Education purchases IT tertiary provider Computer Power Plus

Asia Pacific Education purchases IT tertiary provider Computer Power Plus

Asia Pacific Education Group (APEDU) announces today (4 September 2018) the acquisition of IT Tertiary Education Provider, Computer Power Plus (CPP).

This purchase follows the 100% acquisition of Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in July 2018, and directly preceding that, of NZ Fashion Tech Limited in 2017.

Feroz Ali, founder and CEO of APEDU which is based in Canada, now includes three New Zealand schools in his portfolio, alongside his Canadian tertiary schools: Canadian Tourism College, Sterling College and the Canadian Tourism & Hospitality Institute in the Philippines.

With the acquisition of CPP, Whitecliffe is positioned to contribute a solution to the rapidly-growing deficit in IT specialists. Skills across the digital spectrum are required in increasing volume by all industries if they intend to operate effectively in the 21st Century. The Whitecliffe vision and strategy is to be receptive to these demands and to provide an innovative, future-proof education for all its students. CPP programmes which include web development and design, software development, systems administration, IT technical support and network engineering are aligned not only to the changing needs of industry but also to positive employment outcomes for graduates.

With the amalgamation of the three schools, IT programmes now join the suite of arts and design programmes offered from Certificate to Postgraduate levels. Arts, Design and Digital Media, Fine Arts, Photo Media, Fashion Design, Graphic Design and Arts Therapy programmes offered through Whitecliffe and Fashion Technology through NZ Fashion Tech Ltd.

In the immediate future CPP and NZ Fashion Tech Limited will retain their identity under the Whitecliffe brand and with campuses across the country in Auckland Central, Manukau, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch students throughout New Zealand can now more easily access a Whitecliffe education.

Feroz Ali “I am a proud New Zealander with a commitment to maintaining the reputation for excellence achieved by Whitecliffe College and to elevating our IT programmes to degree and postgraduate qualifications, so they sit alongside the best. My intention is to establish three specialist Whitecliffe Colleges: Arts and Design, Fashion and Sustainability, and Technology and Innovation to ensure that Whitecliffe students continue to receive a specialist, relevant and contemporary education.”

NZFT Fam: Makyla Ata

NZFT Fam: Makyla Ata

Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion has come to an end for 2018 and what an incredible competition it was. This year saw once again, amazing talent and designs that pushed the boundaries in all the right ways. We recently caught up with our overall winner Makyla Ata, to talk about her success and discuss her fashion journey. Read her story here. Image: Getty 

Visual Gallery of India

Visual Gallery of India

Have a look at our visual gallery from the students who went to India on Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia. 

Picture groupings are dividing into the categories; architecture, crafts, colours of India and the students in saris for the fashion show on their last night. 

NZFT Grads: Jerome Taylor

NZFT Grads: Jerome Taylor

High-end menswear label, Not For You, has been announced as one of the solo shows at NZ Fashion Week next week. The man behind the brand, Jerome Taylor, is one of our very own graduates. Read his story over on the blog.

NZFT Grads: Jimmie MacKay

NZFT Grads: Jimmie MacKay

We’ve got another outstanding graduate to share with you today. Jimmie MacKay will be starring (again) in this year’s Miromoda show at New Zealand Fashion Week. Read his full story live on the blog for some serious #motivationmonday vibes. 

NZFT Grads: Matthew Baitson

NZFT Grads: Matthew Baitson

As we countdown to New Zealand Fashion Week (17 sleeps!!), we wanted to share stories from some of our incredible graduates that will each be showcasing collections. First up is the talented Matthew Baitson and his label #botchedbybeth. Check out his full story and recent collection for Project Fashion Wellington, over on the blog

Pictures by Bex McGill  |  Model: Jessy Lewis

My India Experience

My India Experience

“This trip to India has touched me on a very personal and spiritual level [and] has taught me very important life skills.” Tessa reflects on what has been an incredible journey through India for the past 6 weeks. Read her full story over on the blog

India - Week 5

India - Week 5

Phibae and Mikey have written up a debrief on week 5 in India, over on the blog. Check it out, it’s a goodie.

India - Week 4

India - Week 4

Learning the intricacies of embroidery, snake charming and terracotta jewellery making were some of the highlights for the students in India over the past week. Read Mia’s experience of week 4 over on the blog. 

Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion Series 5

Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion Series 5

The final series in what has been an absolutely show-stopping selection of looks in our Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion collaboration is now live! Slide on over to our blog and check out the last selection of garments that all epitomise how to do fashion #likeaboss.

India - Week Three

India - Week Three

Kelly shares a recap of the past week the Diploma students have had in India. Read the story over on our blog. 

Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion Series 4

Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion Series 4

Series 4 of our Colour of Fashion edit is live on the blog. Combining fresh ideas with unique inspiration, we have, as always, a polished selection of designs that are absolute fire. Check it out here

India - Week two

India - Week two

We are in love with colours of India! Check out our second blog by Jo Shierlaw about week two of the trip. 🌈😍  

Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion Series 3

Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion Series 3

The third round in our Colour of Fashion Series is now live on the blog! Have a peak at another selection of jaw-dropping designs here.

India - Week One

India - Week One

Week one of our Diploma students’ trip to India is live on the blog now. Words and pictures by the amazing Harmony. 

The Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion Series

The Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion Series

We’re blessing you with a Colour of Fashion takeover. Take a look at the first round of this year’s designs for the Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion competition here. Happy perusing!

Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion Series 2

Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion Series 2

It’s time for series 2 in our Colour of Fashion takeover. Check out the next round of designs by some of New Zealand’s freshest talent. Live on the blog now!

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.

NZFT Fam: Annmarie Williams

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