The Pacific Runway Fashion has officially secured partnership with representatives from Samoa, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Fiji, Cook Islands and Tonga driving the event to a now international scale.

The international partnership, will gain the Pacific Runway Fashion brand the influence and recognition it desires to make a prominent mark on the Australian fashion scene, and beyond. The Pacific Runway Fashion Show has grown exponentially since its inaugural event just last year, with the involvement of more than 26 established and emerging designers in 2016.

fashion-fijiA partnership with the Australian Museum will be launched Pre- Extravaganza at the Exclusive Welcome Sneak-Peek Reception for Designers. The Australian Museum is co-hosting within the honey-coloured sandstone 20 metres high walls to a glass roof of the Atrium and offering an in-house residency program for one of the designers in 2017.

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An evening of fashion, culture and music will bring Sydney’s iconic Pavilion Dockside roaring to life on the evening of Friday 21st October, fundamentally to provide designers a prestigious platform to gain experience and exposure. It will feature local up and coming designers and models, and a host of international designers.

Failepou Peni, Owner of the major event sponsor LEPOU said, “Models from the Pacific and other ethnic minorities make up only 7% of the industry here, so they’re very under-represented. We hope to change that.”

VIP guests, media, and celebrities will be treated to a glitz and glamorous night of fashion, showcasing an array of couture in ready-to-wear, resort wear, swim wear and ethnic designs. Being the biggest island in the Pacific, Australia is the primary leader and vital catalyst for the Pacific’s progress in the fashion industry.

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With over 35 years of experience in the industry, fashion designer Failepou Peni has been working behind the scenes to mentor and support the independent international platforms and fashion events in Samoa, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand. She will soon fly to New Zealand for the Pacific Fusion Fashion Show, acting as a judge to select a designer to represent New Zealand in Sydney’s Pacific Runway Fashion Extravaganza.

Peni notes the particular significance of partnering with Papua New Guinea, describing it as a “booming” country – both culturally and in the context of fashion. Peni noted that the Papua New Guinean government have a desire to leverage its fashion culture to accelerate tourism there.

These newly established international partnerships increasingly strengthen audience’s awareness of exceptional designers and models from the Pacific, establishing their presence in an industry known to be dominated by European fashion and influence, both in Australia and the world at large.

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As a faithful Christian, Failepou attributes all of her business successes to God – who she says has been responsible for “paving the way” to a successful 2016 event.

Tickets to the Pacific Runway Fashion show are selling now at with an expected capacity of over 500 attendees.

Proud to associate with sponsors

The Pacific Runway Fashion 2016 is proud to engage with the Pacific Islands & Trade Invest, Natural Fiji, Australian Museum and Moana Gems who have made a commitment to supporting the Pacific fashion industry. The collaboration will contribute immensely to making a world class event that is enjoyable and productive for our guests.