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The Future of NZ Fashion

MORE than 50 fashion educators from around the country will meet at Bay of Plenty next month for two-day fashion education conference organized by Fashion Industry New Zealand (FINZ) .

According to FINZ Executive Officer Mapihi Opai, the conference provides a national forum for the exchange of new ideas and perspectives on fashion education at tertiary level.

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“The focus of this year’s conference [The Future of Fashion] is particularly significant for the education sector in helping to ensure that we remain current and aligned with industry needs in a rapidly changing global market,” says Debra Laraman, fashion programme coordinator at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic.

In-keeping with the global trend towards eco-fashion and sustainable business, Ecostore founder, Malcolm Rands, will deliver this year’s keynote presentation.

While  Dr Joan Farrer, an associate professor in fashion, textiles and sustainability, and acting director of the Textile & Design Laboratory at AUT will discuss international directions in fashion education.

Kiwi fashion publicist, stylist and event producer, Chris Lorimer from Mint Condition, will examine the future of fashion PR and marketing.

The ‘HP: FINZ Education Conference’, to be held from August 7-8 at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic in Tauranga, is open to industry, educators and the public. Registrations close on Friday, 1 August, 2008. For more information contact FINZ – ph: +64 9 337 0500 (or) email:

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