FIJI FASHION WEEK HALL OF FAME
Recognising the talents and achievements of some of Fiji's established designers.
Hupfeld Hoerder is of Rotuman- German descent and raised in Fiji. He has over twenty five years of experience in the Fashion Industry in Fiji. He began designing whilst pursuing his undergraduate studies at University, with making simple shift dresses and casual resort wear. Eventually, the demand grew for more formal gowns and bridal wear incorporating authentic fibre with westernised designs, and this lead him to create custom couture pieces.
Hoerder's garments feature exclusive surface designs. He has created prints for the Fiji Olympic and Commonwealth games teams, and major organizations in Fiji. He has won many awards over the years, including National Fashion and Business Awards, Fiji Fashion Week, Fiji Day Fashion Show and many more. In 2008, Hoerder was the only designer in the Pacific represented at the “First Islands of the World Fashion Week” and was a finalist for both major categories in Cultural Wear and Eco-Wear. He has represented Fiji at “Style Pasifika Fashion Show” in New Zealand, “Real New Zealand Festival” and the Rugby World Cup in October 2011.
He has started manufacturing a limited edition line with distribution in selected outlets in Fiji. Hoerder is making moves to the broader international market. "My accolades and awards are both national and international. I have participated in international, regional and local fashion shows which has given me many opportunities and great exposure. I have now established market with Fijians and other Pacific Islanders living overseas. I have sent exclusive garments and hand painted fabrics to the US, Brussels, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Germany and many more. Most recently I was chosen to represent Fiji in the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange with 3 women artisans from Vanuatu. Hupfeld Hoerder is the first Fijian designer to show at Buckingham February 2018.
Born in Suva, Robert completed High School in Australia and studied Interior Design in Brisbane and Textile Design in Melbourne.
Kennedy’s return to Fiji in 2002 saw him creating Silk Screen prints onto Masi (Tapa Cloth) and Digital Photography, drawing inspiration from Fiji’s flora, fauna and people. He has consistently exhibited at local Art Exhibitions including The Western Arts and Crafts Society, The Fiji Arts Club, The Fiji Arts Council and Alliance Francaise.
Kennedy’s interior design skills have been put to great use with several prominent Fiji clients including Castaway Island Resort, Outrigger on the Lagoon, Myola Plantation Villa, Pure Fiji and Tappoo Ltd. He has won Best Booth at the Bula Fiji Tourism Exchange twice for Castaway Island Resort in 2005 and Myola Plantation Villa in 2007.
Kennedy is also responsible for the design and buying of the Fiji Market Brand in Tappoo Fiji Ltd. and has designed several home wares and fashion collections. In 2008 Tappoo, Fiji Market won the Fiji Excellence in Tourism Award 2008 for best Shopping Experience. Robert also showcased his Fiji Market Fashion range for the first time at Fiji Fashion Week 2009 and was nominated for Designer of the Year 2009 and in 2010.
Robert has since shown a collection in every year of Fiji Fashion Week and is launching his tenth collection in 2018.
MOIRA SOLVALU JOHN
8 Mountain's motto is: Imagine! Create! Believe! 8 Mountains was established on the runway of Fiji Fashion Week 2009, and is a contemporary fashion label that proves that if you can imagine it, then nothing is impossible.
From the actual design-graphics to the finished product, you are guaranteed exclusivity, with an touch of Classic Fijian Pride. Established Designer siblings Moira Solvalu John and David Solvalu boldly represent their Polynesian/Fijian heritage through the recreation of Fijian Motifs that whisper a sense of adventure and palettes that signify pure Pacific flamboyancy.
This Fijian designer label always has a black and gold signature piece in every collection. Black to represent the days when they had nothing but a dream, and Gold to remind the siblings to forever be optimistic in a competitive industry.