ABOUT NICOLE VAN VUUREN. ABOUT NICOLE VAN VUUREN. ABOUT NICOLE VAN VUUREN. ABOUT NICOLE VAN VUUREN. ABOUT NICOLE VAN VUUREN.
Nicole van Vuuren is just a girl, exploring fashion through mundane interactions between body and cloth, entity and boundary, finish and unfinish establishing a relationship via the space in between. Creating an aesthetic which favours the imperfect, unfinished, broken or unloved.
Through relationships with other New Zealand based designers, and the Auckland City Mission, offcuts, remnant and scrap fabrics are collected from the community, carefully curated and re-contextualised as new garments, minimising textile waste within the fashion industry.
Each piece is unique, made exclusively by hand in her Tamaki Makaurau studio.
Born in Aotearoa, New Zealand, Nicole van Vuuren grew up designing and making with the offcuts from the furniture factory her father worked in.
After completing a Bachelor of Fashion with Honours at RMIT University in Melbourne, she spent time at Eckhaus Latta in New York gaining valuable experience before returning to the Aotearoa fashion industry.
Her degree work and wide industry experience have developed her scrappy, resourceful nature. Opening her eyes to the amount of useful waste fabric disposed of in the industry, that led to the establishment of the Nicole van Vuuren brand which puts sustainable design in an elevated fashion context.