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Vogue's September issue

Māori designer to grace the pages of Vogue's September issue

A Māori fashion designer is set to have his designs featured in British Vogue's September issue.

Te Whānau ā Apanui fashion designer Kharl WiRepa's clothing line has been selected among Vogue's top 22 'Designers of the Future'.

He is the first designer of Māori descent to have his designs featured in the coveted fashion bible.

WiRepa told Te Kāea his career started at the age of 15 while he was working as a retail assistant at Supre.

"I saw the photo of my dress in the issue of vogue and hen it hit me. And then I realised that this is real," he said.

The September issue of Vogue is a collector's item, which WiRepa described as "the holy grail" of fashion.

He said his career, which took him from working in retail to the catwalks of NZ Fashion Week, was pioneering.

"The amount of dreams I've been able to make come true of my own is my greatest achievement," he said.

"I remember as a child I would watch my nana and her friends get ready for church, with their white heels and pearls, and I was inspired by that."

WiRepa says that the international attention gained through his Vogue achievement will generate global interest for Māori and Polynesian clothing designers, models, and photographers.

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