Behind the designs of Pacific Runway

Behind the designs of Pacific Runway

Featured image from Pacific Runway’s website.

Pacific Runway is an annual event in its eighth year, celebrating a fusion of fashion while providing an exotic explosion of talent on a world stage.

Launched in 2012 by Founder and Director Jannike Seiuli, this platform was designed to showcase the incredible talents of Māori & Pacific creatives.

This year’s event will feature designs from a range of talented and unique designers, including Priscilla Ale, who has been designing for Pacific Runway for four years.

“Our chance to show off who we are as designers is pretty exceptional,” Priscilla says.

These opportunities made for our younger pacific people to work hard toward their dreams and ‘represent’ as we do.

Image from Pacific Runway’s website.

Originally, Priscilla was involved with the event through dance, where she performed with a Polynesian dance group back when the event started in 2012.

“Dance was originally my passion, I was particular with songs, actions and moves and also finding out fussy with uniforms and colours and accessories,” she says.

After discovering her true passion through designing the dance uniforms, she was later asked to design the hosts of the 2015 show.

“The consideration for my uniforms got crazy, and I was designing and selling, and dancing stopped,” she says.

Creativity flair grew and we haven’t yet felt like stopping.

This year, Priscilla will be offering a Resort Wear Collection, The Kalameli Collection, named after her mother.

Another designer involved in this year’s event, is Andrew ‘Dru’ Douglas, who will be showcasing his second capsule of his brand Lumai.

“Creating for Lumai helps me to connect with myself, where I’m from, my childhood, the memories and how we see ourselves in the future,” Dru says.

Influenced by Papua New Guinean women and their stories and culture, Dru says he tries to acknowledge the past and draw from colonial histories.

Diversity and inclusivity are spoken a lot about in the fashion industry and Pacific Runway embodies it.

“It’s amazing to be part of an event that shares the same ethos as us and is run by indigenous women for Pacific Islanders,” Dru says.

Image supplied by Dru Douglas.

For more information about the event, visit Pacific Runway’s website here.

Event Details

WHEN: October 25, 2019, from 6pm until 11pm
WHERE: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh

Chanelle Mansour

Chanelle is a third-year Bachelor of Communication student at Western Sydney University, with a major in Journalism and sub-major in Creative Writing. Through writing focused and enlightening articles, Chanelle hopes to present and share news stories that readers will find both entertaining and educational. Got a story to tell? Get in touch: [email protected]