Dane Mulinu’u Fabricius (D.M.F) needs no introduction.
In the fashion industry or on the dance floor, D.M.F. standouts out from the crowd always sporting an intricately interesting outfit.
Emerging as a recognisable fashion figure in Samoa; D.M.F. is ready to take Samoan fashion to the world, again.
Mr. Fabricius has been personally invited to showcase at the 10th Gold Anniversary, Fiji Fashion Week in May.
“When I got the invitation from Fiji Fashion Week to represent Samoa for their 10th year Golden Anniversary, I was stoked and overall excited,” he said.
“I didn’t know what to say but YES! When I got the news, I couldn’t hold it in and shared it with my family and friends.”
This is the first time he has been invited to showcase in Fiji and has very high expectations.
“I have high expectations for every opportunity,” he said.
“My personal expectations is, I hope Fiji will love my work but also to make my people proud. I hope this brings more opportunities and invitations to bigger fashion shows and world buyers who are interested to invest and believe in my product.”
Reaching this huge milestone has altered his viewpoint; he is no longer representing himself but is now uplifting the name of Samoa everywhere he goes.
“I thought to myself, ‘Man I’m not just representing myself anymore’,” he said.
“I’m representing Samoa and all my brothers and sisters that have made my dream reality and nothing should hold anybody back from their dreams. This opens and introduces more opportunities for the future of fashion in and outside of Samoa.”
“Showing in Fiji allows D.M.F. not only to grow both in knowledge of the fashion world but opening doors to our Pacific nations that our art and craft is just as good as the European and Western World and that the world is ready to wear and own an piece carefully designed with a touch of Samoa.”
Of course, turning a dream into reality comes at a cost.
For D.M.F. finances are a hurdle but nothing he can’t get handle.
“First thing that came to my mind was attending fashion shows is not cheap,” he said.
However, Mr. Fabricius was not going to let that stand in the way and has reached out to the community through hosting fundraisers to help him get to Fiji.
“But this was not going to stop me. With the support of my family and friends having them believe in my product made me in my product even more excited to stand up and represent my community and my Samoa.”
“I’ve started fundraisers asking the community of their support. Looking good is not easy, so I’ve started with Zumba trying to incorporate fashion with healthy living.”
Look out for D.M.F.’s fundraisers on social media. All proceeds will go toward D.M.F’s trip to Fiji Fashion Week.