September 28, 2023


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Polynesian designer showcases Pacific tapa cloth to the fashion world



In good shape for a queen: The MASIOFO collection reveals off one of the Pacific region’s most one of a kind materials, tapa fabric. Photograph / Mike Mika Studio: Native HQ

A Polynesian designer has experienced his to start with selection – showcasing standard tapa cloth – highlighted in one of the world’s prime vogue journals.

New Zealand-born Samoan designer and stylist, Eric Blanc, has experienced his work highlighted in Vogue Italia.

The title of his collection – MASIOFO – is the Samoan phrase for queen and Blanc explained he arrived up with it for the duration of the approach of placing the piece together.

“The material has real importance. It was providing me serious queen vibes, it was providing me regal, it was supplying me powerful, it was providing me effective and it just strike me – MASIOFO is the selection.”

MASIOFO is a collaboration with Brisbane couture designer Moreno Marcos.

Blanc, now primarily based in Brisbane, credits the entire staff behind the assortment who considered in the strategy in the very first place and came alongside one another to convey this plan to existence.

The MASIOFO collection. Photo / Mike Mika Studio: Native HQ
The MASIOFO selection. Image / Mike Mika Studio: Indigenous HQ

The selection is created up of regular tapa fabric that holds excellent cultural importance because of to its royal Pasefika history.

Blanc was inspired by the vintage collections of European style residences like Christian Dior and Alexander McQueen.

Motivated by a queen – mum

His strongest inspiration, nevertheless, was his mom who was usually dressed up and would style Blanc when he was a youngster.

Blanc acknowledges that MASIOFO’s accomplishment is a aspect of the bigger photograph and that they have assisted pave the way for extra Pasefika representation.

“I’m glad that it’s contributed to pushing the Pacific sector out there even additional for people to see, mainly because people are now inquiring queries like: ‘What is this cloth? Where by did it appear from? How did you make it’?”

Now that Blanc has reached this massive milestone in his profession, he is feeling the strain to determine out what is following.

“I nevertheless locate it really hard to reveal the encounter simply because at the very same time I have the sense of achievement, but there is also a pressure to observe by with anything resourceful or a system of do the job that men and women can enjoy as substantially as they did with the MASIOFO selection.”


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