Afa designed his Commonwealth Fashion Exchange gown based on his love of traditional Samoan materials. The gown itself is made using linen for the central section, and a floral print from Afa’s archive, then accessorized with a sash made from the traditional Samoan material Afa, which is a yard/rope made out of coconut husk. The gown features handmade and painted flower embellishments, made by Margie Keates of The Lovely Avenue using recycled paper, and by Ofeira Asuao of AliiRas Backdrops using upycled foam. The look is completed with an original Papua New Guinea curved necklace of brown braided rope,decorated with four bands of cream coloured curled shells. The necklace is fastened by two groups of braided cord bands, each decorated with a small white shell pendant.
AFA AH LOO
Afa Ah Loo was born in the Independent state of Samoa, where he grew up and spent most of his life. He was first introduced to fashion and sewing by his late mother Amioga, who he refers to as a very kind, happy and stylish woman. He has been a fashion designer for several years now and is passionate about making women feel beautiful, and also confident in their own skin. He has shown his designs at Fiji Fashion Week, LA Fashion Week, Pacific Fusion Fashion Show, Utah Fashion Week and Pacific Runway to name a few. He was also selected as the winner of the Pacific Fusion Fashion Show 2017 and has been published in many fashion magazines.