After ten years out of the fashion world, Frances Nimeti is back – and she wants her Police colleagues to show off their creativity.
Away from work as a communicator in North Comms, Frances is a fashion designer and event organiser.
She combined the two in November when she organised a sold-out fashion show at Mangere Arts Centre for Te Ulu O Te Watu, the community from the tiny Cook Islands atoll Pukapuka.
She was one of five designers of Pukapuka heritage with work on show.
The event harnessed community talents – from the models to music supplied by her 12-year-old son Taurino - and raised $4000 toward the cost of building a community hall.
“It was great to get this community involved and enhance local talents,” she says.
“The models were our young people, and they hadn’t modelled before.
Even their family members didn’t recognise them – they were wondering where did we get those girls? It came as a bit of a shock when they realised.”
Frances became interested in fashion design through her mother, a sample machinist.
Before joining Police in 2006 she studied elements of design, did some modelling and organised small-scale shows.