Jeanine Clarkin’s (Ngaati Hako, Ngaati Ranginui, Raukawa) design story is one of success with integrity, a move from haute couture to slow fashion.
Her sewn sacred thread has provided a networked platform for a new generation to showcase their culture and find a market, both at home and on the global stage.
Realising childhood dreams to become a fashion designer, she ‘dressed’ Maaori celebrities Keisha Castle-Hughes and Cliff Curtis, and established international status with Indigenous fashion abroad.
Jeanine’s pride-infused fashion continues to be experienced on the catwalks of Fashion Week, on the racks at exclusive stores but also on the street worn by a ‘woke’ generation.
She is a fashion activist and this is her inspiring story.
Image: Detail, Model Trina Tanga, Photographer Sarina Oetgen, Waiheke High School student E tipu e rea