Kua whakangungua a Rosemary Whitehead hei kaihoahoa pūeru. Kua 35 tau ia e wheako ana i ēnei mahi i ngā taumata teitei o te ao kākahu me te hoahoa pūeru. I kuraina a Rosemary ki te New Zealand College of Fashion Design, ā, kā whakapōtae ia me ngā tohu huriao, Pōkairua Druleigh me te Pōkairua mō te waihanga pūtaketake. I ako ia ki te waihanga kākahu koere i te Wimbledon School of Art and Design, ā, ki te waihanga momo pōtae i te London College of Fashion Design.
I Rānana, ka mahi a Rosemary hei kaiāwhina whakaputa mō tētahi tino kaihoahoa pūeru i Kensington, arā ko Ritva Westenius. I muri i tērā, ka tū ia hei kaiwhakaputa matua mō te umanga Events Bridalwear. Haere te wā, ka mahi ia hei ūpoko kaihoahoa mō Chrisanne Clover, te umanga huriao matua mō ngā kākahu kanikani, ko tōna aronga matua ko ngā kākahu mō te kanikani ōkawa me te kanikani o nāianei. Ka whakakite ai ngā mahi a Rosemary ki te puka Bridal Vogue me te hōtaka Come Dancing. I Rānana, i hanga, ā, i whakaāhua i ētahi kākahu mō ngā whakaari.
I Aotearoa, kua mahikuhu a Rosemary hei kaihuatau mō ngā whakatairanga pouaka whakaata. Kua mahi anō ia hei kaihoahoa kākahu whakaari mō ētahi kiriata huriao pēnei i a The Warriors Way. Kua whakakite ia i te pouaka whakaata i te hōtaka Home Front, hei tohunga whakarawe, anō hoki hei kaiwaihanga pūtaketake mō te New Zealand design companies Workshop me Sera Lily.
Ko te umanga o Rosemary, ka aro atu ki ngā kākahu mārena, whakaari, motuhake anō hoki. He kaitohutohu, he kaiwaihanga anō ia mō te umanga Yvonne Bennetti, he umanga mō ngā kākahu hāneanea mō te wahine. Ka aru a Rosemary ki te whakakākahu i te tangata kia māia, kia taiea.
Rosemary Whitehead is a professionally trained couturier and dress designer with 35 years’ experience working in both the high-level fashion and costume design industries. Rosemary trained at the New Zealand College of Fashion Design, graduating with the internationally recognised Druleigh Diploma and Diploma for Pattern Making. She also studied corsetry at the Wimbledon School of Art and Design, and millinery at the London College of Fashion Design.
In London, Rosemary was employed as a production assistant for high-end Kensington couturier Ritva Westenius, after which she was head of production for the Events Bridalwear company. She then worked as head designer for Chrisanne Clover, the leading international dance wear company, specialising in ballroom and modern dance. Rosemary’s works frequently featured in Bridal Vogue, and on the famed television show Come Dancing. While in London, Rosemary also developed and designed for theatrical works.
In New Zealand, Rosemary has freelanced as a stylist for television commercials and has worked as a costume designer for international films including The Warrior’s Way. She also appeared on Television New Zealand’s Home Front make-over series as the furnishings specialist and worked as a pattern-designer for the New Zealand design companies Workshop and Sera Lily.
Rosemary’s business specialises in bridal wear, costumes and bespoke wear. She also advises and designs for luxury womenswear company Yvonne Bennetti. ‘Rosemary is consistently striving to give people the confidence to look and feel great.’
Image credit: Rosemary Whitehead