Fashion Student Kharl-William Wirepa Heads To Miromoda

11 Jun 2014

When it comes to Kiwi fashion, few tickets to success come hotter than Miromoda. Their annual competition designed at fostering the Maori fashion industry’s future designers takes its winners to New Zealand Fashion week, and potentially France.

Year two Waiariki fashion student, Kharl-William Wirepa has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious competition. We stole a stich in time to ask the motivated fashion maestro where his inspiration hails from.

“I’ve always been inspired by the magic of fashion and how it can manipulate the human eye if acted upon in the right way. Fashion has been used by kings, queens and celebrities since the beginning of time to create social status and all sorts of different things, and I love all of that about fashion. It can make you somebody else.”

With his career goal firmly set in becoming the first Maori haute couturier registered by the French Government, Kharl’s theme for his Miromoda collection is just as powerful. “My garments play on the art of fame and how my people as Maori, have used the art of fame, especially in Rotorua, to market our town and build an industry to make our culture strong.”

So how does Wirepa find Waiariki’s Diploma in Fashion Technology is helping his chances of success?

“The course is fantastic. The tutors are very supportive. We work in small intimate environments where everyone can receive really good feedback. I wouldn’t be able to do what I have done anywhere else.”

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