Project to empower local designers

The idea to stage a project runway was proposed about a year ago to tap into the creative and sewing skills in PNG.

It is meant to be a show to bring together a pool of designers to create garments with unique PNG designs that will be worn by the Miss PNG entrant to the Miss Pacific Island Pageant (MPIP) in Samoa in December.

Most designers who participated at last night’s event were small entrepreneurs, working from their home space.

Over the years, according to reigning Miss PNG Abigail Havora, the pageant has assisted some of them by assigning them to create outfits for Miss PNG entrants.

"This year, we are supporting with more incentives," she said.

"They have created pieces according to specific criteria. In this way, Miss PNG can meet the judging requirements of MPIP in Samoa," Havora added.

"As a cultural ambassador, we would like her to shine and on the Pacific Island regional stage, most importantly, shine spotlight on our unique designs," she continued.

The designers, most of whom live in Port Moresby, created garments in all three or just one or two of the categories.

A total of 70 designs were showcased.

(Luania Temu of U’i-Tiki Fashion standing behind the model wearing her design during last night’s runway show at Lamana Hotel, Port Moresby.)

Gloria Bauai