Top 5 Student Designers to launch label
The Wearing Fiji (WFJ) mentorship program is taking its top five student designers from last year and helping them develop and launch their brand at this years WFJ22 show.
"Our student designers were assessed over a two day period, both on the rack and runway by an independent panel of judges last year" said Wearing Fiji co-founder, Samson Lee.
The students are in their fourth week of mentorship and are undergoing public relations, business and social media sessions and they will produce a 12 piece collection that will debut their individual labels under the direction the mentor designers.
Mentors Temesia Tuicaumia, Samson Lee and student designer Manase Veiqaravi
"Our mentorship program has been made possible by the sponsorship of Paradise Beverages their support of the project means that our student designers are able to pay for fabric, tailors and offline marketing collateral to produce their line" said said WFJ22 mentor, Temesia Tuicaumia.
The mentor designers and student designers will debut collections drawing inspiration from the Fijian women of our communities.
Mentor Andrew Powell with student designer Litiana Vere
"Women are the backbone of our communities, we celebrate them in our collections this year" said WFJ22 mentor, Hupfeld Hoerder
The project has four mentors this year Samson Lee, Hupfeld Hoerder, Robert Verebasaga and Temesia Tuicaumia.
Wearing Fiji will be held this year at the HFC Stadium on September 10, 2022.
Tickets are on sale at the Wearing Fiji Boutique on Butt Street, Suva.