For the past six years the Miromoda Design Fashion Competition has been held in Wellington, but this year will take place at the Novotel Tainui, Hamilton.

The judging will coincide with celebrations to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Waikato-Tainui treaty settlement signing.

“Miromoda is a celebration of Maori Fashion, innovation and success. Both events give us the opportunity to align with a celebration of Waikato women, something we are proud to be involved with,” said Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust Chief Executive, Parekawhia McLean.

Formed in 2008, Miromoda has grown to be the largest celebration of Maori fashion design in New Zealand and is a closely followed fashion show each year at New Zealand Fashion Week.

“The number and calibre of entrants continues to increase, with diversity emerging as a common thread this year. We have shortlisted 20 designers who will present their collection to a panel of judges, headed by fashion icon Dame Pieter Stewart,” said Miromoda Event Manager, Montess Hughes.