The NZFT Fam: Lisa Tapiki

We sat down with one of our current students at our Manukau campus to chat about fashion, style and goals for the future.

 What do you love about Fashion?

I love the use of colour, unique styles and the creativity of fashion. I like authentic fashion designers and the quality of high-end clothes. I think fashion is about enhancing your true personality. I believe design comes from a feeling inside and visualizing different elements coming together.

Where does your design inspiration come from?

I like to draw on all eras, and put different patterns and fabrics together that wouldn’t normally be matched. I’m a real over the edge, outside of the box thinker. I want to make indigenous designs that are contemporary and elegant, with an edge. I’ve made Korowai before and want to build on my skill and passion by adapting Korowai into everyday wear.

Why did you decide to study at NZ Fashion Tech?

After researching different places, I decided to come here because of the family environment and the more hands-on approach. After seeing the quality of the garments that are produced in the final course, I was inspired and the testimonials convinced me I was making the right decision.

What are you hoping to achieve after you complete your study?

I would love to design my own patterns and fabrics that draw on indigenous culture. I’ve been asked to showcase a fashion line at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education in 2020 so I’m working toward that.

I’m also interested in developing a course that helps lower socioeconomic groups find themselves and can therefore express who they are through fashion. I would like to teach them how to style themselves affordably on a budget.


5 thoughts on “The NZFT Fam: Lisa Tapiki

  1. Wow girl 100% to the top of your class can’t wait to see your amazing ideas you pump out . Well done girl enjoys your studies . Look farward to seeing your style come to life 😉


  2. I look forward to seeing some of your work Lisa. You are such an inspiration. Haere tonu e hoa. See you at the Indigenous Conference and hope to be wearing one of your pieces of work. Mauri ora. x.x.x.


  3. Ka pai e hoa. Loved all you said Lisa. It has been a long time coming. Your talents have been suppressed for too long. So to see you go out into this world and share your passion is truly amazing. Will be following your journey mate and can’t wait to see what you create. You are a human walking masterpiece that given the opportunity to showcase your talents will just wow our country Aotearoa and then the world. Kia kaha mate, this is your time to shine! Arohanui paimaarire xxx


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