NZFW 2013: Miromoda Showcase

  • 06/09/2013

Since its conception in 2008 the Miromoda Showcase has been advancing the quality status of Maori Fashion design.

Indigenous stories provide inspiration for many of the design concepts; this year's show includes two indigenous Australian designers amongst all nine designers on the runway.

Mitchell Vincent

This Taupo-based designer has newly established his brand.

This collection is all white with a cosy combination of fingerless gloves and beanies.

The inspiration for the collection is said to come from the mineralized mixture of pressurized water which creates steam drawn from the geothermal fields, through expansive pipes, into turbines that generate electricity.

Dmonic Intent

This family brand owned by Maxine Woolridge, Kris Leitch and Samara Woolridge

Founded in 2008 this Auckland based brand is all about experimentation and innovation.

This collection combined stripes and texture in monochromes followed by dashes of bright fluorescent colors beautifully paired with hats and white tights.

Lei Lei

Rotorua based Leilani Rickard has been designing garments for wearable arts and fashion shows for years.

With 30 years as a traditional weaving artist, this collection is a range of coats and ponchos which combine dark colors with bursts of bright oranges and greens in reptile prints.

The snake and reptile delights are combined with fun hoods and pleats.


With models rocking traditional grass skirts and face paint, Wellington's Hohepa Thompson came onto the runway with a bang.

Hori aims to provoke conversations as to why Maori culture is portrayed in a negative light.

This collection made of t-shirts and jumpers features prints which ponder why many Maori are moving to Australia.

Pia Boutique

Auckland's Pia Naera has been making a strong name for herself both locally and overseas with her bright and fun Pia Boutique.

With lots of sheer shirts and dresses with stunning silk prints, this collection of sequins, fuschia, royal blue and lots of frills gave the feeling of a flamenco dancer making her way down the runway. 


This show signaled the launch of kiwi-turned-aussie designer Kylie Mangan. 

This first collection was all about tartan, in blues and greens with lots of pants and fantastic jackets with leather pieces as well as lots of hidden folds and pockets.

Adrienne Whitewood 

Rotorua based Adrienne Whitewood first debuted at NZFW in 2010.

She takes traditional concepts and creates unique silhouettes while exploring fabric manipulation and technology with an ethos of emotional connection to indigenous design. 

With combinations of Aztec silk prints, tassels and chains and dusk blue cropped leather jackets, the collection is salt of the earth and ready to wear.


Australia's Mia Brennan has brought to the runway a new-era Pocahontas.

With her roots set firmly in aboriginal ancestry, this Byron Bay based designer uses earth fibres and textiles to create a sophisticated and contemporary edge. 

The natural hues and feather print is eye catching to say the least.

Grace Lee 

The second of the guest indigenous designers, Grace Lee, is making a name for herself the world over.

The Melbourne based designer aims to make culturally inspired, unique women's wear. 

This year's collection features a range of beautiful pastels and prints with flowing silk capes which transport you to beautifully sun-filled paradise.

The lino print tells the story of her journey to the Torres Strait Islands, as well as a digital print of a painting she's done of the Great Barrier Reef. 

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