18:16 | 03/06/2015 Entertainment
(VEN) - Twenty outstanding fashion students from New Zealand and Viet Nam recently commenced work on the first ever NZ–Viet Nam Fashion Collaboration.
From early May until late July 2015, ten teams – comprised of one Vietnamese and one New Zealand student – will undertake ‘virtual’ or online collaboration to prepare a collection of garments according to the theme of “Fusion”. The theme is designed to enable the students to explore the common traits and cultural values the two countries enjoy.
The Collaboration is part of the New Zealand Embassy’s activities to celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations and friendship between New Zealand and Viet Nam. The collections will be judged, and the winning teams announced, at a high end fashion show at the Caravelle Saigon Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday 6 August.
“2015 is a really important year for New Zealand and Viet Nam as we celebrate 40 years of friendship and diplomatic relations. People-to-people links, through education and tourism, are the bedrock of this relationship and our aim with this project is to showcase the opportunities for creative connections to be made between the younger generations from our two countries. We’re expecting innovative, vibrant, unique and creative fashion!” said New Zealand Ambassador to Viet Nam HE Mr Haike Manning.
The fashion show on 6 August will be the culmination of months of hard work by the students involved. In April, students from fashion schools throughout New Zealand and Viet Nam were selected from hundreds of potential students to participate in the project. 20 students were chosen from six of the top fashion schools in New Zealand and Viet Nam: HCMC School of Architecture; Ha Noi University of Industrial Arts; Otago Polytechnic; Massey University; Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design; and Auckland University of Technology.
The students are now working together in teams to jointly develop their collection of garments for the fashion show. A critical element to the success of the collaboration will be how the students work together long-distance, using technology and IT platforms.
"This collaboration is an amazing opportunity to gain exposure to a different cultural and design perspective. I'm really looking forward to seeing how the design process works long-distance and what we will create together,” said Miriam McCreanor, a NZ participant in the collaboration from Massey University’s School of Design.
The New Zealand students will arrive in Viet Nam in early August to meet and work with their Vietnamese team mates in person and put the final touches on their collections.
“This is an amazing format for us. Never have I ever worked with a foreign talented designer. My New Zealand partner is meticulous and creative. However, I have to admit that our fashion styles have nothing in common which has encouraged us to mix our thoughts, soul and style to create a very unique collection of garments. Let’s wait and see how our collection turns out!” said Khanh Vy from the Hanoi University of Industrial Fine Art.
The team that produces the range deemed by the judging panel of HE Mr Haike Manning, New Zealand fashion designer Tamsin Cooper and Fashion Mentor & Head Producer of Viet Nam’s Project Runway 2014-15 Mr Tung Leo as best meeting the theme will be crowned the winner and will receive NZ$2000.