Meet Finalist 3: Kei Ho and his Wintergarden dress
Kei Ho, whose journey to Fashion Week is tracked in a
documentary-style series of TV ads, found his design inspiration in cup cakes.
He pictured a tea party at Auckland’s Wintergarden, staged to celebrate the flowering of the Royal Water Lily.
Kei wanted the playful layering of the skirt of his air-woven toilet paper dress to allude to the silhouette of the lily, the pleating to mimic the paper cases, and the bodice to swirl like ribbons of icing.
The contrast that Hong-Kong-born Kei has achieved in his flirty feminine design, between the strong definition of paper ridges and the softness of flowers, captivated the judges who selected him to complete the trio of young designers destined for Fashion Week.