Trevor patch dress & kākahu
This dress was part of Tarita Georgia Rahui’s graduate collection at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in 2018. It showcases a keen sense of symmetry and stitch work. "Comparisons have been drawn to island patterns and tivaevae," says Tarita, who has Cook Island and European heritage. Made from wool fabric swatches gifted by Hawes & Freer, the base of this dress is a silk organza offcut donated by a friend, the straps are made from sand-wash silk bias, and the embroidery is done with organic cotton, unthreaded from offcuts.