Part of the staggering first prize package is a unique gown designed by Kiri Nathan, if the winner is female (A tailored suit from Working Style is on offer if the winner is male). Kiri tells us about creating a dress for a violinist:
“I believe it is paramount that she feel empowered and inspired by what she is wearing,” says Nathan.
“Practical considerations like range of movement are also important. Violinists need the freedom to move, and regular gowns and necklines can often constrict that movement,” she says.
The kaupapa (values and principles) of the Kiri Nathan label involve “a raw and truthful expression, fashion from a natural and cultural perspective,” and this was reflected in Kiri’s design for Suyeon Kang, winner of the 2015 competition. The bodice of Suyeon’s gown was handwoven from prepared strips of forest green silk, drawing on generations of cultural heritage.
“Suyeon is a beautiful and talented woman, she has a quiet, but inimitable strength in her and I wanted her to feel those attributes had been considered in the creation of her gown,” says Nathan.
“The world is a better place with inspirational music and creativity, so I feel very privileged to be able to fructify within the Michael Hill International Violin Competition space, filled with so many incredibly gifted people.”