PNG Fashion & Design Week

PNG Air supports Virtual Runway

The partnership will see PNG Air become the official airline carrier of the platform, flying the PNGFDW production team around the country to film the virtual runway shows in East New Britain, New Ireland, Oro, Milne Bay, Western Province, Eastern Highlands and Simbu. 

Other provinces that will be hosting virtual runways are the Central and Gulf provinces.

Support for virtual runway

PNGFDW founder and director, Janet Sios, said due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PNGFDW has taken a creative approach with the fashion show being arranged virtually.

Sios said PNG Fashion & Design Week runs two main programs annually.

These comprehensive trainings have been supported by PNG-Australia Partnership for the last three years and have been very successful.

“We have trained more than 800 locals, including 76 persons with disabilities in the last five years,” she said.

Fashion workshop underway in Alotau

Facilitated by the PNG Fashion & Design Week, the 13-day workshop, which started on Monday, October 12th, has opened its doors to not only young designers but people living with disabilities as well.

The event, which is ending on the 27th, had initially registered 30 participants. However, 14 more were accepted due to their keen interest in the fashion industry and the potential it holds for budding entrepreneurs in the tourism sector. Furthermore, among the eager participants are six people living with disabilities.

Fashion firm notes progress in PNG

Chairperson Janet Sios made this known at the launch of the PNG Fashion Festival on Saturday.

The PNG Fashion & Design Week launched the 2019 fashion festival as well as their website yesterday afternoon at the National Museum and Art Gallery in Port Moresby.

Sharing some of their success stories, Sios said each year, their runway attracts about 300 guests, providing a platform for PNG designers to showcase their work.

PNG Fashion Week set to thrill tonight

This will take place at the Gateway Hotel and Apartments and preparations are being finalised for the show.

The event will showcase some of PNG’s best designers as they feature their stories of climate change through their collections, and what their people are doing to be resilient.

PNG Fashion Week Director, Janet Sios, said the theme ‘Climate Change’ was chosen because as an island nation, it is an issue that threatens most of the people living along the coast.