AUT, New Zealand

Lavinia Ilolahia


‘Sidelined’ explores the belief there’s a correlation between sporting ability and race. With little interest, skill or personal connection to sport, Lavinia has felt side-lined as a young Polynesian in a society that expects Pacific people to be great at sport.

Playing on the idea of perspective and taking what gives sportswear its identity and portraying it in a way that doesn’t fit, Lavinia took things that came to mind when thinking of sport and let them dictate her research and her collection’s aesthetic and silhouette.