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Samoan designers aim to inspire

Torika Tokalau
Thursday, October 18, 2012

FOUR women from Samoa will showcase their collections in the Echoes of the Pacific category at the Fiji Fashion Week tonight with one goal in mind - to inspire their fellow designers back home.

Collectively exhibiting under the name Samoa Mamanu Designs (SMD), Susana Ah Wong, Penina Banse-Tuiavii, Luana Malaki and Sera Devoe will present 15 pieces which they expect to create some interest at the Vodafone Arena tonight.

The four, all based in Apia, operate small fashion boutiques in Apia and are excited to be participating in the Fiji Fashion Week for the first time this year. "This is our first international fashion show so we are pretty happy to be part of this event," SMD spokeswoman Ms Ah Wong said.

"We hope that through this, we can help the women back home. Next year we want to return with an even bigger collection and with more women involved." The 15 pieces in their collection include modern and national-themed outfits to cocktail dresses, all cut from Samoan printed fabrics which they made. The Echoes of the Pacific show begins at 7:30pm.


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