Caption: Fashion designer Steve Hall (third from left) with models for his award-winning collection “Abandon Man.”

Further success for Māori fashion designer

Fashion designer Steve Hall is having a stellar year, winning the Supreme Award at the 2015 Miromoda Fashion Design competition for Māori designers.

 The 25 year-old, who studied at Massey’s College of Creative Arts, was also presented with the Emerging Award at the prizegiving for Miromoda (Indigenous Māori Fashion Apparel Board) in Hamilton.

 These latest awards will sit alongside the International Emerging Designer Award he received at the iD Fashion Week in Dunedin in April.

The Miromoda competition is well established in the tertiary community and draws entries from most, if not all, New Zealand fashion schools, as well as internationally based Māori fashion designers.

 Mr Hall, who is of Te Arawa descent, was judged the winner from 20 short-listed entrants and will have his collection included as part of the Miromoda Showcase, which will be held as part of New Zealand Fashion Week in August.

 Head judge Dame Pieter Stewart acknowledged Hall’s exceptional year, noting he is “clearly a name to watch for”.

 Mr Hall says developing his interest in his iwi ancestry is just one outcome he hopes to explore further from his recent successes.

 “It’s been a great year and getting to fashion week is exciting, as is what will hopefully come from that too.”

 Mr Hall’s submission of designs represents an evolution from the male urban street wear he designed when studying at the College of Creative Arts, which he attended after starting his studies at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.

 His collection, Abandon Man, draws on Japanese culture and the costume of the samurai and ninja.

 While he may have been a clear winner, Dame Pieter said the high level of talent in the Emerging section made selection extremely difficult, forcing the creation of a sportswear section and angst for judges and entrants.

 “Once again, the competition was most impressive and gave me a lift to see such fantastic talent coming through.”

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