FJFW 2019 Designer Information
Fiji Fashion Week is widely recognized as being the most innovative and creative fashion event in the Pacific region. Now in its 12th year, Fiji Fashion Week is looking forward to a stellar future as we embark on a new era - retaining our international standards and taking fashion in Fiji into the Future.
The year 2018 has been our most successful to date, amazing and fun with our Emerging Designers stealing the show.
We’ve reached new heights with our event and helped boost designers and their businesses along the way. In case you missed it, FJFW in 2018 looked like this:
January - The creation of a gorgeous new group of Australian trained emerging designers in “Nicks 6 Pack” by Nicholas Huxley
February - Buckingham Palace – Commonwealth Fashion Council Meet, Ellen Whippy-Knight invited to promote Fashion in Fiji
Fiji Fashion Week officially recognised as a founding member of the Commonwealth Fashion Council based in London
May - FJFW 2018 and our amazing 7 lane runway, a first in the Pacific (including NZ and Australia)
Designers -More than 50 including designers from India, China, Australia, Vietnam, Solomon Islands and of course, Fiji
Yasayasa Moala Junior Secondary School participates in the much loved Students Designer Show for the first time assisted by the Digitaki-Weilakeba Family Trust.
Models – 70+ beautiful models with plenty of new faces and internationals like Louis Ova (NZ) in his first appearance for a Fijian fashion event.
International Media including Dan Ahwa, Viva Magazine & top Fashion Photographer Sonny Vandevelde exclusively at FJFW
November - Fijian Fashion Foundation, a Not for Profit organisation launched in Sydney, its major objective is to create opportunities for Fijian designers.
Laisiasa Davetawalu gains an internship with internationally acclaimed designer, Akira Isogawa and offered a place in the Bachelor of Fashion Design at TAFE Ultimo Sydney – an amazing first for a Fijian Designer
December - Ellen Whippy-Knight invited by Donghua University to attend the inaugural International Universities Fashion & Textile Conference in Shanghai as part of China’s One Road One Belt Initiative
FJFW has obtained four internships with Australian companies for locals working in the fashion and creative industries AND with Donghua University in Shanghai has fashion scholarships on offer.
Fiji Fashion Week 2019 has a new set of goals to achieve which is to serve you, the designer and your brand. We go above and beyond to ensure quality and high standards in all of the services we provide. We are infinitely committed to professionalism and excellence.
We value our designers and your creative endeavors. We understand the need of the design houses and designers to work closely with a professional, supportive and service oriented production. “Fashion Week” is an international brand, your participation is a very important part of a designer’s work in order to thrive in this business and get recognition.
We are dedicated in providing our designers with innovating and thought provoking concepts in the most upscale atmosphere which will earn your brand attention and recognition. The combination of our upscale event production and the efficiency of our staff is the perfect recipe for a widely successful presentation of your brand and latest collection. We have a great team to promote your brand and make our event relevant.
We look forward to a wonderful collaboration with you!
As we did in 2018, we have another exciting Runway concept for 2019. Expect a new look, new energy and new style to the Pacific’s most recognized fashion show.
OUR runway experience 2019
FJFW showcases collections from emerging and established brands. Our focus in 2019 is on building the profile of RESORT WEAR within the region. FJFW understands global trends and we recognize market opportunities. There is currently no larger global market than RESORT and it has so many synergies with our tropically-infused lifestyle and tourism industry. If you want to share your talent, innovation and creativity to a global audience - then our runway is for you!
FJFW is a collections show with all designers appearing on the main runway. A select panel of industry professionals will choose 15 designers per show, with each designer showing capsule collections of between 12 - 15 looks. Each show includes a balance of emerging and established designers, with the style of your collection determining the show. Our shows this year are:
RESORT LIFESTYLE, Friday 24 May 2019
Ready to wear and lifestyle separates.
RESORT LUXE, Saturday 25 May 2018
Luxury and evening collections.
the home of fiji fashion week
FJFW 2019 will be held on Monday 20 – Saturday 25 May at the FMF Gymnasium – the recently refurbished indoor stadium with a fantastic urban feel. Wooden floors, high ceilings, on floor and stadium seating.
Our venue will be transformed into a lush tropical wonderland with every guest having a fabulous view of each show. FJFW2019 will be produced by a team of event and industry specialists whose shared vision will attract significant local and international media coverage.
FJFW has always been the show for the people with over 800 people in attendance for each show, including local and international media, buyers, VIPs and paying guests. Fiji TV our major media sponsor will live stream FJFW’s shows globally at not cost to viewers increasing international exposure for Designers, Models and Fiji.
Designer selection is by consideration of the information you include in your online application which will ask for information about your label, your design experience, and your concept for your collection. If requested
you must be available to attend on online or face-to-face interview with the Designer Relations Manager and / or the FJFW Designer Selection Advisory Panel
submit a sample from your collection
you must attend the Designer Preparation Workshops with FJFW Ambassador and fashion educator Mr Nicholas Huxley. Workshops focus on preparation of your collection to international standards and are free of charge.
Designer applications will be reviewed by the FJFW Designer Relations Manager and FJFW Designer Selection Advisory Panel who will consider applications based upon the following criteria:
Is the application for a Resort collection within the following categories
What is the level of design experience
If an emerging designer, do you have less than 3 years experience and not retailing?
If an established designer, do you have more than 3 years experience and an established client base through traditional retail outlets or online sales?
Is the design concept innovative and unique
Is there a sufficient level of design detail?
Does the collection meet a market niche and / or have commercial appeal?
Is the collection produced to industry quality standards
Fabric selection suits design
Samples use appropriate finishes
Print or dye techniques are appropriate to fabric and long lasting.
designers will be notified within 14 days of receiving an application
One model per garment look to the maximum for your showcase
Hair & make-up team with beauty look decided by FJFW
A pre-scheduled group fitting (group fitting will be scheduled the week of the event – attendance is mandatory)
Venue and staging
Show production, sound and lighting
Promotion of your participation using FJFW online and media partners, including
a link to your brand’s media on the FJFW website
Fiji TV to live stream show worldwide
Electronic photos of runway collection
Access to the FJFW Designer Portal which will provide you with up-to-date information about the show, your models, FJFW media and more...
Individualized hair and makeup look at FJD100 per model
Guest tickets at FJD80 per ticket on pre-order
Designer mentoring with Mr Nicholas Huxley, Fashion Educator, Australia.
Emerging designer FJD650
Established designer FJD1,000
50% payable within 7 days of confirmation that you are in the show
Balance to be finalized by 15 April to secure your place in the show
Nicholas Huxley Australian Fashion Educator and Consultant who successfully led and trained 6 Emerging Designers in 2018 will be back in 2019 in conjunction with FNU and Fashion Council of Fiji to provide further training to all Designers.