Pacific Fusion Fashion Show 2016

Looking back at the inaugural Pacific Fusion Fashion Show held September 3rd at Andrew Simms-Botany.

The first ever Pacific Fusion Fashion Show began as a competition for emerging Maori and Pacific fashion designers from South Auckland to showcase their style. It expanded to include designers from beyond the Pacific living all over Aotearoa. The fashion competition allowed these creatives to feature their designs based on their own unique cultural values, beliefs and identities. 

The event was hosted by Miss World Samoa 2015 Latafale Auva’a and featured live entertainment by Exit Four44 of Crosspower NZ. Tongan Olympic flag bearer Pita Taufatofua walked our runway in his first public appearance following the Rio Olympics. 

"I love when people are outgoing and make a statement. Something different and original is what I was looking for from the designers and the models. There were so many captivating designs and beautiful models."

Kris Fox
Social Media Celebrity


Judges Pictured (from left to right): Kris Fox, Failepou Peni, and Anna Hood.

2016 Final Awards

"I agreed to judge this competition because I believe it's important to represent NZ designers and provide them with opportunities to showcase their work. This event is a celebration of talent from a new generation of skilled designers, a celebration of the Pacific and a celebration of South Auckland."

Guest judge Anna Hood
Co-owner of NZ Fashion Week


The full line up of designers in 2016

Dane Dagger
Deborah De Loree
Mac Vicious Society
Made by Ngarima
Mae King Clothing
Vanessa Clothing
Zoe Beck

Emerging Designer

1st place – Wallflower

2nd place – Zoe Beck

3rd place – MVS (Mac Vicious Society)

Established Designer

1st place – Vanessa Kelly

2nd place – AIMN

3rd place – Maeking

Supreme Award


Face of Fusion 2017 - female model

Leilani Tominiko

Face of Fusion 2017 - male model

Jordan Tay