MEDIA RELEASE: 21 January 2014
Growing up on the Catwalk
The daughter of a local Wellington designer will follow her mother’s footsteps on the catwalk in this year’s ‘New Clothes for the New Year’ fashion show as part of the Chinese New Year Festival.
The ‘New Clothes for the New Year’ event has been running for 8 years now, and is a fashion and dance show celebrating the Chinese tradition of wearing new clothes for Chinese New Year. The show has featured collections from designers including Sophie Voon (Voon), Sharon Ng (NG), Robyn Mathieson, Nada Piatek (deNada), Haley Smith, Delia Zandi (Zantis) and Boh Runga (jewellery) on the catwalk.
2014 marks the lucky eighth year of the ‘New Clothes for the New Year’ event from Wellington’s Chinese New Year Festival. In the spirit of special and lucky milestones, the Festival is about to be blessed with a special appearance from a little girl who has grown up with the event.
When the ‘New Clothes for the New Year’ event started in 2006, Poppy Voon, daughter of Wellington designer Sophie Voon, held her mother’s hand on the stage at Civic Square as part of Capital E’s Sin Nian event. Sophie has been involved with the Chinese New Year Festival from the start, and has featured in every fashion show over the past 8 years. New Clothes for the New Year has not only been a monumental love for Sophie, but for Poppy as well.
“Poppy loves being involved, and New Clothes for the New Year is always a big event on her calendar. Poppy is a quarter Chinese herself, so it is nice that she gets to explore her ancestry,” says Voon.
As Sophie’s designs grew, so did Poppy. Each year audiences would see Poppy walk down the catwalk at the end of Voon’s set, holding her mother’s hand. This year, the show features a collection of Voon’s childrens‐wear, and Poppy will be taking to the catwalk as one of the models in the ‘New Clothes for the New Year’ event on Saturday 1st February.
However, the Poppy’s talents are not limited to the catwalk. She is not only a natural model, but a choreographer and dancer. Poppy has choreographed the opening to Sophie’s bridal section in the fashion show, and will be performing it on the night.
“It is definitely the start of a new tradition. We like to do everything as a family and have our kids involved with what we do and it’s nice for her to be able to include her dancing as well.” says Voon.
Sophie, Poppy and the Voon collection will be one three designers featured at the ‘New Clothes for the New Year’ event on Saturday 1 st February at the Michael Fowler Centre, 7pm to 8.30pm. The event will also include the latest collections from Nada Piatek (deNada) and Jessie Wong (YUMEI) together with some of Wellington’s most talented dancers.
Go to www.chinesenewyear.org.nz for the full programme.
For further information please contact:
Programme Director – Chinese New Year Festival
Asian Events Trust
Phone: +64 27 4324269
09:05AM Thursday, 23 January, 2014