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Supermodels debut at Fashion Weekend


A team of 25 first-time models lit up the Fashion Week runway modelling Annah Stretton’s new designs for Ryman Healthcare.

The models came from all over New Zealand and included nurses, caregivers, administration, maintenance and housekeeping staff.

They were there to show off Annah Stretton’s stunning new uniforms which have been designed specifically for Ryman Healthcare’s 4,000 staff.

The design brief for Annah Stretton and her team was simple – the new uniforms had to be comfortable, practical and beautiful.

“We wanted garments that brought a smile to the faces of residents, increased the level of pride in what staff wear and emphasized the vital role they play in residents’ lives,’’ Annah Stretton said.

The uniforms are made of lighter materials for staff working in kitchens and laundries and a popular change was to introduce three-quarter length trousers for caregivers and housekeepers instead of dresses.

Managing director Simon Challies said Annah’s designs were a radical departure for Ryman, which is exactly what staff were after.

“We put a lot of thought into the design of our villages and we wanted to do the same for our uniforms.’’

“We love the designs that Annah’s come up with. The reaction from staff has been tremendous and we think they’re bound to put a smile on the faces of our residents.’’

Annah Stretton and her team worked closely with Ryman staff to develop the uniforms and produced prototypes before honing the designs further.

The uniforms have been supplied by Lower Hutt-based Arrow Uniforms.

 About Ryman: Ryman Healthcare was founded in Christchurch in 1984 and owns and operates 28 retirement villages in New Zealand and Australia. Ryman villages are home to 9,000 residents, and the company employs 4,000 staff.

Media advisory: For further information, photos, video footage, interviews or comment please contact Corporate Affairs Manager David King on 03 366 4069 or 021 499 602.

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