Yesterday I was asked to quote for the Dominion Post on Tama Iti and his wardrobe selection.
Apparently he has been dressed during his trial by some local Wellington retailers, not us I may add, although this was murky due to some average reporting .
I made reference to the fact that I thought he had managed to achieve a look reminiscent of his ancestors appearing in Burton Brother’s studio shots dressed in colonial attire; something the interviewer had no knowledge of which was disappointing given that was the real story (not some product placement of a hat).
Interestingly many cultures dressed in a similar way, another prime example being the North American Indian warrior tribes like the Apache and Comanche.
Years ago I was involved in dressing the band Dam Native for their video Behold my Kool Style which referenced this very well.