Media Release: Bringing colour to the charcoals and nudes of Fashion Week

In six years, since the Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion project began, over 75 students of fashion have been catapulted into the big-time.

The 2019 crop of fresh talent faced the judges in June.

Judging Day saw 39 extraordinary works of silk paraded by models in this season’s palette of fashion colours from Resene.

Crafted and nuanced by the students into contemporary fashion looks with intricate design rationale, bold creative expression and technical precision, the garments were put through their paces.

Picture a walk on the 1960s fashion wild-side in Resene Wild Thing; a hood morphing into a cape in Resene Code Red; a Frida Kahlo-inspired androgynous shirt and tie in Resene Harmony; a nod to Nina Garcia’s call for fashion versatility in Resene Fast Forward; and a hipster jumpsuit capturing the rebellion of a middle child in Resene FOMO.

It’s a project where Resene collaborates with NZ Fashion Tech giving undergrads in their final year of study at campuses in Auckland and Wellington a chance to be part of a professional fashion shoot, direct their own portfolio images from behind the camera and feature in a Resene on-line gallery.

Auckland finalists are:

  • Bryony Acraman (22)
  • Emily Verhaaren (20)
  • Eva Martin (28)
  • Janesa Boreham (23)
  • Josephine Williams (21)
  • Marina Khak (24)
  • Rolieta (Etta) Pritchard (20)
  • Samantha Parr (20)
  • Simone Denham (26)
  • Terrell Henry (22)

Wellington finalists are:

  • Angelika Olsen (21)
  • Elle James-Monk (20)
  • Georgina Harmon-Hohua (20)
  • Helen Diaz Calisto (18)
  • Michael Barlow (19)
  • Michelle Israelson (50)
  • Shannon Owen (21)

The 17 finalists in 2019 – ten from Auckland and seven from Wellington – will attend a glamorous opening night at New Zealand Fashion Week on 29 August where the Resene Designer Runway will open with their designs – dresses, jumpsuits, shorts – in an explosion of vibrant colour.

The school, now owned by Asia Pacific Education Group (APEDU), is on an exciting growth trajectory. With Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design and Computer Power Plus also now part of its portfolio, NZ Fashion Tech is now the largest fashion school in New Zealand.

APEDU founder and CEO Feroz Ali says he is delighted with the Resene partnership.

“We are looking forward to continuing this in the future,” says Mr Feroz. “With students spanning from level 5 to Level 8 Degree programs. Our new fashion school is renamed Whitecliffe Fashion Tech.”

Karen Warman of Resene says: “We are proud of this project. It showcases twenty of our newest fashion colours at New Zealand Fashion Week while bringing visibility to fashion’s exciting young talent. We love seeing these creative young people immerse themselves in their Resene colour and illustrate to audiences at Fashion Week how their colour tells a story.”

The winner of Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion 2019 will be announced at Fashion Week and they will receive a new industrial sewing machine and an engraved pair of shears of the highest quality, gifted by Resene.

Tickets to three Resene Designer Runway shows are on sale now at iTicket.


Released by Resene in association with NZ Fashion Tech. For further information, contact Madeleine Smith – Content and Communications Marketer –


Before 2019’s first Resene Designer Runway show, this work will have been seen first in India in July – see India Story below – and then at the 2019 Resene Total Colour Awards on 28 August. Resene’s private runway show will give the paint company’s clients – architects, interior designers and colour experts – a preview of some new-season paint colours – not in swatches, charts or test pots, but fashioned into strikingly beautiful garments made by young designers.


Colours weave learning into an unforgettable experience in India

Every year since 2014 NZ Fashion Tech Diploma students have been asked to create a work of fashion from silk as part of the Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion project.

Once the original designs are created in New Zealand, patterns are taken to India by those NZ Fashion Tech students who are awarded Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia.

As part of six weeks of collaborative learning in India, the NZ Fashion Tech students re-create the garments from a locally-sourced silk sari for a glittering fashion show hosted by the Bannari Amman Institute of Technology at their university campus in Sathyamangalam. 

In 2019, NZ Fashion Tech has been awarded 15 Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia bringing the total since 2014 to 89.

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