Designer Liz Mitchell started in the industry as a costume designer for TVNZ on the acclaimed series Gloss and Marlin Bay. The fashion brand Liz Mitchell came to life in 1994 from a deep love of design and fashion and the desire to work in this industry. Twenty-five years later, Liz Mitchell is established as the leading bespoke, couturier in New Zealand. “I was  awarded the MNZM in 2005 for services to the New Zealand fashion industry,” added Mitchell. The label’s small team is filled with skilled technicians in bespoke and couture pattern making, garment sampling and construction, client fittings, and hand finishing. “I have been developing a group of talented artisans producing our hand knits, weaving and crochet.”

The Liz Mitchell brand today is primarily focused on bespoke tailoring and couture. They have their atelier in Auckland with their flagship showroom as well as seasonal trunk shows to Wellington and other cities by appointment.

For her NZFW Autumn/Winter 2018 collection, Mitchell drew inspiration from her background as a Fine Arts graduate, former costume designer, and her experience as a leading designer for almost three decades. In this collection, she presents a new take on the classic woollen ensemble taking the possibilities inherent in this versatile material to a new level. A radical colour palette inspired by modernist Bloomsbury painter Vanessa Bell’s ethereal, languorous interpretations of female portrait painting. Key pieces include classic handknits that are wrapped and belted, richly coloured velvet suiting, contemporary bomber jackets in Japanese kimono wool, and expertly tailored coats in Harris Tweed. Another signature look from this collection is the structured simplicity of the Vanessa dress with its bias panelling and sweeping hemline.

As one of New Zealand’s finest couturiers, Liz Mitchell’s commitment to bespoke tailoring working with luxurious fabric and sustainability, continue to be her trademark.

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