Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand

Rosette Hailes-Paku

The Story of a Girl Who Just Wanted Pink Hair

Growing up, Rosette Hailes-Paku just wanted pink hair, however the Catholic school she attended held strict regulations around appearance and she wasn’t able to express herself freely. In her collection ‘The Story of A Girl Who Just Wanted Pink Hair’ Rosette has taken key aesthetics from her high school uniform, working them into her 10-piece collection in an attempt to reclaim the dress code and make it her own. Inspired by her struggle to express herself under stifling restrictions, the collection speaks of conformity and rebellion, restriction and freedom, innocence and guilt. Working along-side Otago Knitwear, Rosette has created a customised tartan double-faced jacquard knit which she’s used to create key pieces-while the silhouettes and design features represent the conflict between restriction and freedom with the use of straps, buckles, eyelets and boning.