Louise Davis

Costume Designer

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Louise Davis has worked for numerous Māori productions in various capacities, including costumer designer, creative collaborator, stylist and artist for Mataku, Motoa, The Feathers of Peace, The Māori Merchant of Venice, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Frontier of Dreams, Kai Kōrero, Battle of the Noble Savage, Taonga, Tiki Taane music video Tangaroa, Hoki Mai Tama Mā, White Night Parnell, Mihis Cloak, costume designer finalist in the AFTA for Mataku, Pacific Fusion Fashion Show bridal winner and Waitakere Sculpture Awards (third place).

Louise loves to explore past and present materials together, reinventing, mixing the colonial techniques with our indigenous fibres, harakeke, to the finest of vintage threads. This can provoke cultural identity, heritage, childhood memories and traditions. Louise draws upon her rich whakapapa, Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga and Ngāti Maru ki Hauraki, to guide her. Fabric has a magical quality; it can cast a spell on a whole room, transporting the wearer and the viewer alike.

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