Designer: Kini Zamora
Show: Kini Zamora Reach the Runway Benefit
Kini Zamora, a third-generation seamster born and raised in Honolulu, was exposed to fashion and design at a young age. After graduating from McKinley High School, he enrolled in Honolulu Community College’s Fashion Technology program, continuing his studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan. In 2014, Zamora became one of four finalists in the 13th season of Project Runway, and returned this year to finish second in the show’s All Stars edition. Today, he is based in Hawai‘i and designs collections of women’s, men’s, bridal and eveningwear that showcase his characteristic dramatic flair. Zamora supports Hawai‘i’s youth, serving on the Reach the Runway board.