UH Mānoa’s fashion show returns in person

HONOLULU (KHON2) — After having to cancel two years ago due to the pandemic and then being forced to go virtual last year, UH Mānoa’s fashion design and merchandising program returns this year to an in-person fashion show they’re calling “Vogue 56” for their 56th edition.

For more on that, we’re here with production team lead Olivia Maguire.

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Tell us, what is this fashion show for and what can people expect this year?

“The purpose of the show is to showcase four collections from our student designers and the show is also created by our production team,” Maguire explains.

“So everything is student-run and created to show the passion, hard work, skill of all our designers and really give them that fashion show experience that they can take to the real world after they graduate. diploma. “

We have a lot of different designers to talk to and here we are with Cara Yoshimi.

Tell me a bit about your experience last year as a designer for a virtual show, but then what it means to you to be back in person this year.

“Last year we were virtual. It was just a necessity, something we had to do,” says Yoshimi.

“It all went well, but the atmosphere of it all, the live models, the music, the audience, really allows us to appreciate our craft and our blood, our sweat and our tears, and all the details of this that we do and spend so much time.

So what does it mean to be back? What impact does this have on you as a designer or even as a model?

“I feel so happy,” Yoshimi said.

“I think my family and friends will be there and a lot of other professionals will be there too. We can network, we can just have fun with each other and really enjoy being able to see everyone’s smiling faces without the masks and things like that.

We want to squeeze another designer, or a few designers, for their collection.

We are here with Kanani Sato and Jordan Casteen.

Let me ask you, Sato, if someone told you that you had to leave Hawaii to be successful in this industry, what would you say?

“When it comes to the arts, I think that’s what most people are going to think,” Sato says.

“But this year alone, we have seen Native Hawaiian and Hawaiian residents succeed not only in fashion, but also in the arts. We saw a Native Hawaiian director goes to Sundance, Every day in Kaimukiand we even saw Native Hawaiian at New York Fashion Week. So I guess the short answer was yes, but not quite.

And Jordan, tell us a bit about your collection.

“The collection is based on Japanese streetwear,” says Casteen.

“It’s a Lolita subculture. We tried to incorporate kimonos that were used by the JCCH, the Japanese Cultural Center. They allowed us to use kimonos and we recycle them and turn them into new pieces. This is a very exciting collection and we are very grateful that the JCCH allowed us to use old kimonos to make new items. It’s quite exciting.

Great, well thank you very much for your time.

Again, this will take place on May 1.

It’s a lot of work and I’m sure it takes sweat and tears.

You can get your tickets in person or by streaming online.

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