Young designers sewing up a storm

Thursday November 28, 2019 Written by Published in Local
Alani Mareta, Yvette Turua, Sharimoana  Poila, Danielle Nimeti , Liana Henry will have their creations scrutinised by judges and the public. 19112621. Alani Mareta, Yvette Turua, Sharimoana Poila, Danielle Nimeti , Liana Henry will have their creations scrutinised by judges and the public. 19112621.

Five designers have worked tirelessly over the past few months stitching, unstitching and making changes to their garments for the Te Ata o Avaiki show this evening.

The difference? They’re all still at school.

Alani Mareta, left, Yvette Turua, Sharimoana  Poila, Danielle Nimeti and Liana Henry will present their creations to the judges tonight, on the new fashion show’s catwalk.

Mareta joined up to experience designing a dress. “To showcase the dress in front of an audience is also a great opportunity.”

Her fashion teacher encouraged her: “She pushed me until I finished,” she said.

“It hasn’t been an easy process, there were always things to fix and correct but that’s because I wanted everything to be perfect.

“Despite the difficult process I was proud of the outcome and finishing of my garment.”

Mareta has spent countless hours to ensure her garment is the best she can deliver.

“I hope to get good feedback from the judges because I have tried to make everything look proper and good. I can’t wait for my garment to be showcased on my model Jordayn Matutu, in front of everyone.”

Nimeti has always had an interest in sewing and had dreams of creating her own outfit.

“It’s a good experience for myself as a young teenager, and a good opportunity for me to show case my design to the audience at the show.

“It has been a long and stressful journey. I had to learn the techniques of sewing clothes and ensure everything is perfectly sewn the same.

“There were stages that I had to fix things up and start all over again, but I think that everything was worth it.

Seeing her clothes on the catwalk will be a thrill, and she looks forward to feedback from people and the judges.

She has done her best to make sure everything is looking good and perfect for the night.

“I’m so proud to join and to be part of this event. With all the hard work and effort I have put into this show, this was a good experience for myself.”

Seventeen designers have registered for the event that starts at 6.30pm at the Edgewater resort.

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