I'm back from covid! Sharing a commission from about this time last year - FIAME (named after the Samoan Prime Minister) was originally intended for the runway at NZ fashion week (cancelled) but had to wait for the #pacificfusionfashionshow earlier this year. Designed by Susana Tasi and made by me, this was our first time working together - and my first time sewing Ie Toga (Samoan handwoven mat). Made up of three garments - dress, corset and hat. This post focusses on the dress, made from lightweight poly chiffon and closing with freshwater black pearls - swipe for some behind the scenes making of photos, from initial inspiration/sketch to mockup, and assembly.