Conference Information 3-6 April 2023

Ara Honohono / Connecting Pathways

The kaupapa (theme or philosophy) of the 25th Annual IFFTI conference is Ara Honohono / Connecting Pathways. Te Ara is a Māori word that means path or route but can also refer to a line of traditional Māori weaving. Honohono means to link, to join, to splice, to add and to join together. Kaupapa also refers to the main body of a kākahu (traditional Māori cloak).

Ara Honohono / Connecting Pathways is a call to fashion researchers, practitioners, and educators to reflect on connections, patterns, pathways and threads that bind us to our past and link us to our future, to culture, to people, to place, to practice.

Mātauraka Māori (Māori knowledge and wisdom) is central to the conference theme and Māori tikaka and kawa (Māori protocols and local knowledge) will be integrated into conference activities.

We acknowledge the guidance and protection of local Māori - Kāi Tahu, Kāti Māmoe, Waitaha - who are mana whenua, meaning they have the mana (authority) over the land (whenua). Kai Tahu dialect is used throughout.

Kaupapa āpiti /Sub-themes

Kaupapa āpiti /Sub-themes

  1. Lines to the Past, Present, Future
    He tāoka tuku iho: The treasures passed down to us from the ancestors, those tried and true wisdoms of old.
    What and who grounds us in our practice?
    How does the past inform the future in the context of the fashion industry?
    How can technology ensure that fashion remains relevant in the future?

  2. Diversity of Voice
    Kahikatea tū i te uru: Strength in numbers
    Fashion as voice and an agent – for indigenous peoples, for the under-represented, for change, for power and influence.
    How can we be open to different voices and learn from each other?
  1. Accountability, Responsibility, Courage
    He manawa tītī; A person with great endurance
    What are our responsibilities as designers, makers, influencers, educators and consumers within the wider fashion eco-system?How do we advocate for a sustainable fashion future?

Important to consider:
What can our ākonga/learners bring to these conversations?
How can both practice and/or theory successfully address these sub-themes.

Call for Papers - Download PDF

Accommodation Options

IFFTI Conference Programme

Monday 3 April

Morning - IFFTI executive Mihi Whakatau (Welcome). Executive meetings.
Afternoon - IFFTI member Mihi Whakatau (Welcome). AGM and workshops.
Evening - Drinks reception and emerging fashion showcase.

Tuesday 4 April

Morning - Conference welcome Keynote. Papers and workshops.
Afternoon - Keynote: Indigenous Fashion Forum Papers and workshops.
Evening - Conference dinner.

Wednesday 5 April

Morning - Online discussion. Keynote. Papers and workshops.
Afternoon - Keynote. Papers and workshops End of conference plenary. IFFTI awards & certificates.

Thursday 6 April

Optional activities, additional cost.

  • Monarch wildlife cruise
  • Tunnel Beach walk
  • Museum of Natural Mystery
  • Surfing lessons
  • Studio visits

Call for Papers - Download PDF

Accommodation Options

Conference highlights

  • 4 keynote speakers, including an indigenous fashion forum
  • 38 papers: 30 full papers and 8 developmental papers
  • 4 workshops: 2 x 2 hour workshops; 2 x 1 hour workshops
  • Exhibition and poster opportunities
  • 12 chairs: papers and developmental papers
  • 4 chairs: workshops

And lots and lots of fashion



Fashion in the lead up

Come to Ōtepoti Dunedin for some iD Dunedin fashion related activities prior to the 25th Annual Conference. Tickets for these optional activities can be secured through your conference registration. Visit for more information.

Saturday 1 April –optional activities
iD Dunedin Fashion event, including the iD International Emerging Designer Awards.
Venue -  The Dunedin Railway Station

Sunday 2 April –optional activities
iD Dunedin Fashion designer sale: new, samples, second hand and vintage

New Zealand COVID-19 Information

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