a big influence in EIT fashion student's designs
Tikanga Māori underpins the fashion designs of Erihi Donnelly, who began her study journey at EIT in 2019 and is now in the final year of her Bachelor of Creative Design (Fashion).
Erihi (Ngati Porou), who grew up in Gisborne, says it was always her dream to follow a career in fashion.
"I have had a passion for fashion since I was about 13 and I began making clothes and studying textiles at school. But it actually began before that because my nana was a sewer, so I began sewing – not fully making clothes – but helping her and watching a real dressmaker since I was young.
"It seems like I have been in love with it my whole life."