Fashion Art

Man with many talents

George Wasile, commonly known as Tropic Thunda in the local art fraternity is our spotlight for this week. He shares his story of becoming an artist and how his family has been supportive of his artistry. He featured his work at the Arts Matter Exhibition last week which was organised by the French Embassy. Name:...

The return and Alice’s glass art journey

Inside Alice Hill’s annealing oven, glass designs take their turn cooling down. Before they ended up there, they are first carefully blown from molten glass removed from a crucible where the heat goes up to a daunting 1100-degrees centigrade. They are paddled into shape and resurrected to life, manifested in bottles, plates, and an endless array...

Building a fashion legacy – The rise of Rosie Emberson Semisi

Rosie Emberson Semisi’s contribution to the fashion industry in Fiji is unsurpassed. With a career spanning more than 30 years, Rosie has participated in more than 29 runway shows, has a successful design business under her belt, and an active advocate, teacher and mentor to the industry. She has held positions on the Fashion Council...

A design for Times

DESIGNING uniforms usually involves a lot of intricate planning to properly represent a company’s values to the public. Ilai Jikoiono was the designer behind The Fiji Times staff new uniforms which was launched during the company’s 150th anniversary celebrations this year. According to him, the new uniform reflected the company’s history with elements used from...

The artistic three – Hill, Bower and Ho put on exhibition

THE Na Marama Bale na Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Teimumu Kepa, paid tribute to the many Fijians who contributed to Fiji through their artistry and crafts on Tuesday night last week. Speaking at the opening of the Born from Fire Exhibition at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva, the Burebasaga paramount chief said she hoped...

Shane displays his unique talent

IT took a while to get his work recognised, but it was worth every effort he put into his craft. Shane Bower, a metal sculptor and contemporary artist, wowed many art lovers at the Born from Fire exhibition with his intricate and detailed sculptures borne from years of practice and passion. The artist could only...

Event to feature respected Pacific fashion line brand

SUVA’s very own Samson Lee will be among designers who will be showcasing their clothing line at this year’s Bayleys Style Fiji 2019 in Nadi. Themed “A Night in Venice”, the fashion charity event will be held at the Sofitel Resort and Spa, grand ballroom on Denarau on November 30. Samsom is the brains behind...

Plus size Tongan American model for Bottega fashion festival

THE first Polynesian plus size Tongan American model for Sports Illustrated, Veronica Pome’e is currently in the country and will be part of the 2019 Bottega Fijian Fashion Festival this week. In an interview with the Fiji Times today she said she is not only a representative of Tonga but of the whole Pacific region....

Adi Gani: Sisters’ bridal brand inspired by a mother’s love

Though five years apart, sisters Ana and Asenaca Tamani, are peas of the same pod. They not only grew up together but literally live together and work together. Under the label, Adi Gani, in memory of their late mum, they have combined their creative acumen to catapult masi bridal wear to new heights. Still very...

Budding designers take centre stage

NIC’SNEWGEN emerging designers workshop continues this week in the lead-up to Fiji Fashion Week 2019. Held at the Fiji National University’s National Training and Productivity Centre in Suva, award-winning fashion design educator Nicholas Huxley said there was quite a lot to do before the actual event. This week, he said he would be overseeing the...

Bula smile

LEIGH Hutchinson has never been to any place in the Pacific. Growing up, the lass from the United Kingdom had heard quite a few stories about beautiful islands in the Pacific region and it had always been her dream to travel to the place someday. So it happened that at the age of 30, her...

Designers learn principles of designing

AN important element in fashion is ensuring that there should be a connection for the collections. Highlighting this, international award-winning fashion teacher, designer and Fiji Fashion Week (FJFW) mentor Nicholas Huxley said these include architecture, dominance, lines, direction, colour, texture, shape, repetition, proportions and shape. Mr Huxley conducted a Fashion and Design Workshop in Suva...

Models selected to take part in FJFW

SEVENTY-FIVE models have been selected by the Fiji Fashion Week (FJFW) to take part in the FJFW show in May. FJFW managing director Ellen Whippy-Knight said they had a huge number of models turning up to be part of this year’s show. The models had their first choreography rehearsals in Suva on Saturday. “Basically we...

Designer Nicholas Huxley with one of his designs during the Business of Fashion workshop at the National Productivity and Training Centre at Nabua campus on Wednesday, January 18, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

FJFW designers learn principles of designing

THE Fiji Fashion Week (FJFW) held a Fashion and Design workshop last night to teach designers the principles of designing. FJFW mentor Nicholas Huxley who facilitated the workshop said the event was about teaching emerging designers the elements and principles of designing. “These include architecture, dominance, lines, direction, colour, texture, shape, repetition, proportions and   shape,”...

Alliance Francaise de Suva launches photo contest

THE Alliance Francaise de Suva language and cultural centre launched a photo contest as part of its environment month initiative in Suva on Thursday. With the theme “Untouched Nature”, the exhibition will be held on February 28 at the venue in Suva. Centre director of culture and communications Charlotte Tassel said they decided in February...

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