Cloud 9 dress

The model wears two identical dresses layered over the top of each other. They come from a capsule collection titled Happy Ending, which designer Rawiri Brown developed as part of the Tautai Fale-ship, a home residency project initiated in response to Covid-19 and its impact on artists. The collection makes tongue-in-cheek references to his hometown, Otaki, and its sunny logo and uses hyper-saturated colour and experiments with the shapes and materiality of found objects such as a plastic paddling pool. The finished collection was presented at a private showing in a garden in Grey Lynn, Auckland.


Photographer: Laura Taylor Da Costa
Model Cass Makoni
Credit: Garment loan courtesy of Doris de Pont
Copyright: All Rights Reserved, Image © Laura Taylor Da Costa
Designer: Rawiri Brown
Manufacturing location: Auckland
Garment type: Dress
Material: Nylon elastane
Features: The dress is made from two large circles with a self-fabric ruffle applied to the surface. The label is backed by a rectangle of plastic  which has been cut from a discarded paddling pool and the care label has been handwritten.
Colour: Sky blue
Label: Rawiri Brown
Date: 2020