Saturday, April 20, 2024

PM’s nod to Kiwi designers at farewell fit for Queen

Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern was adorned with New Zealand designer pieces as she joined world leaders to farewell Queen Elizabeth II overnight.

Wearing a black fitted dress by New Zealand designer, Juliette Hogan, the PM cut an elegant figure as the world watched on in what was an incredibly touching final goodbye to the Commonwealth’s much-loved Queen.

The Prime Minister’s tailored dress was topped with a traditional Māori cloak – a designer piece created by indigenous artist, Kiri Nathan. A similar piece featured on the designer’s website, described as a handwoven feather shrug, retails for $1,800.

Ms Ardern told 1 News she had wanted to bring a “piece of New Zealand” to Queen Elizabeth’s funeral.

Pirongia-based millinery designer, Monika Neuhauser, created the PM’s royal-inspired headwear to complete her outfit.

Ms Ardern joined a host of Commonwealth and world leaders at Westminster Abbey, including Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese; Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau; US President, Joe Biden and French President, Emmanuel Macron.

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