Project Fashion Wellington Helps Emerging Designers Take Flight

Project Fashion Wellington is a not-for-profit programme founded in 2017 by director Kate Diana Spencer, who saw a need for emerging local designers to be given a platform to take their work to the next level.

Project Fashion Wellington (2017). Photo credit: Bex McGill.

The project connects designers with a diverse range of industry insiders over a five month period with the challenge of creating a capsule collection. Six up-and-coming Wellington fashion designers have been selected, mentored and supported to create their capsule collections for two spectacular events as part of the project.

Emerging designer Dennis Jackson, photo Bex McGill

Emerging designer Dennis Jackson, photo Bex McGill

This year’s designers include Dominique Hopson whose work focuses on beading and intricate design to bridal and evening wear.

Kelsey Dahlberg's pieces employ strong construction and colour blocking inspired by Japanese street style and the performing arts.

Dennis Jackson focuses on tailored menswear and high-end streetwear, using quality fabrics, precise cutting and an eye for detail.

Mikayla Hammond places importance on sustainability and her garments also focus on natural dyeing processes.

Matthew Baitson’s unique designs combine a relaxed aesthetic with versatile multi-use pieces, made possible by their ingeniously placed strap system.

And designer Havilah Arsende creates embellished designs which centre around textiles, beading and a 1990s aesthetic.

Following the two events emerging designers Dennis Jackson, Dominique Hopson and Havilah Arsende will put their work on the runway at New Zealand Fashion Week 2018, while Mikayla Hammond will be showing at Miromoda.

"We are absolutely thrilled by the council’s commitment to the Project Fashion Wellington vision and can’t wait to stage their free public show in such an iconic Wellington space," says Spencer.

Project Fashion Wellington images (2017) Photography credit: Bex McGill.

Tickets will be available soon for the Project Fashion Wellington events which includes an exclusive preview gala will be held at the Public Trust Building on Saturday 14th July in the gorgeous surrounds of one of Wellington’s premier historic buildings. Entry includes drinks, canapés, music and entertainment. And with the support of Wellington City Council, the second runway event will be held in the main foyer of the City Gallery on Saturday 4th August. For more information head to the website.