The Vatu-i-Ra Seascape fashion line featured in this year’s highly popular Fiji Fashion Week and the Hibiscus Festival, making WCS the first to introduce conservation fashion on the catwalk and in a beauty pageant. Through these events we showcased how the nature and the seascape can serve as a source of inspiration for fashion designs and prints.

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During the pageant, two contestants spoke on the conservation of Fiji’s natural resources and the spectacular beauty of the seascape during public appearances. These events were televised locally and throughout the Pacific, and were also shared extensively on social media.

Local fashion designer Epeli Tuibeqa designed a fashion line using prints, ‘tapa’ (traditional cloth) and other locally sourced nature-based fibers for Fiji Fashion Week.

 

 

 

His collection won the “Rising Star Award” for the couture and evening wear category while the pageant contestant in the queen category won the “Miss Hibiscus Festival” crown, making both events a huge success for WCS.

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