That was then, this is now, Maori fashion edition

The outfit is distinctly Victorian. A high, vintage lace collar with ruffles cascades over the lapel of a black tailcoat. But it is not meant to be a throwback.

For Debbie Ngarewa-Packer, the co-leader of Te Pati Maori, a New Zealand political party, it is a reclamation of the era when her ancestors first engaged with the British, who began colonizing New Zealand in the early 1800s. She has worn this attire, plus a top hat, in Parliament.

“When you want to get a message out fast, fashion is a way to do it,” she said.

Here is the full NYT story.  Here are further NZ fashion pictures.  I told you the new world was going to be strange…


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