With roots in Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa and having been raised in Northland Aotearoa, Papa designer Keva Rands ties in aspects of her heritage and personal background with her design and process. The relationship between garment and maker is fundamental and the diversity of the Papa customer base across age, gender and culture reflects the inclusivity that underpins Keva’s designs. The name Papa comes from designer Keva's namesake, Keva Richard Low, who was known to his mokopuna only as 'Papa'.
For more information on Keva Rands please visit: https://www.papaclothing .co.nz/about
EXHIBITION Mana Moana | Mana Wahine, May 2019 Raven Row, London
Maia / Leah / Kama, 2019, x 3 C-type, Fuji Matte digital prints, 420mm x 594mm
This triptych is a selection of Papa Clothing modeled by Maia Te Hira in a custom suit, Leah Pao in the Lapa jumpsuit and Kama Aliska Scretching in the Lili Shirt. Each of these works is a tribute to Mana Wāhine from the styling and treatment of each photograph through to the collaboration between the models, photographers, garments and the designer. Photography courtesy of Betty Scott Malloy and Lula