Meet our FIRST Ni-Vanuatu Emerging Fashion Designer; Ms. Dennyse Maki of Paama-Tongoa parentage preparing to launch her Couture Traditional designs in London at Season 22 (February & September) 2021 during London Pacific Fashion Week.
Ms Dennyse is not new to the Pacific Fashion scene as she was also crowned Miss Port Villa in 2015. In 2017 she was responsible for dressing the Placard Bearers during the Vanuatu 2017 South Pacific Mini Games opening ceremony as the Costume Designer for VAN 2017 Committee.
Ms Dennyse is 24 years old and she resides with her family in Port Vila. She is currently working with Horizon Consulting, a consulting company and doing freelance costume designs for Starlight Photography and helps out with her church families when asked.
Speaking to Ms Dennyse this morning about her preparations towards 2021.
“I love drawing and designing contemporary traditional wears, especially with a rich culture like Vanuatu. I’m obsessed with flowers and leaves as well, weaving haku lei’s and lei po’o. This passion led me to creating and designing costumes with fabric and fresh flowers and leaves.”
How excited were you when you were selected to represent Vanuatu to LPFW as the First Emerging Designer?
“I was overwhelmed, filled with joy about the selection, participating in a prestigious event such LPFW. Representing my country is another exciting opportunity to show case our taste in fashion!”
Where do you see yourself five from now?
“Five years from now, i am seeing my designs breakthrough in the Fashion platform in Vanuatu. Show cased in a museum of Contemporary Arts and Designs that will appreciate it.”
What led you towards Fashion designing?
“You wouldn’t believe what led me into Fashion! Wedding dresses and Barbie cartoons! I loved watching each episode and that led into Beauty pageant especially Miss Tahiti! From there i started developing passion for contemporary pieces.”
What is your home province?
“I’m from Paama Island in Malampa Province. Vanuatu is made up of 83 islands, lies in a shape of Y, divided into 6 provinces and traditionally rich. I can’t wait to share the variety of traditional wear my country has through Fashion.”
What are you expectations towards the London show?
“No high expectations, as I’m an Emerging designer. I would love to see and hear the feedbacks from a variety of other well established designers and audience from an exciting fashion era. Also I would love to learn from other designers, hear their journey on getting their own brands.”