Twelve pieces of pounamu carved in Hokitika will be show-cased during Couture Fashion Week in New York.
Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu commissioned the pendants to go with a collection of luxury leather and merino hats by New Zealand designers.
Te Wai Pounamu Heritage Centre manager Francois Tumahai said he jumped at the chance to have taonga [treasures] and the Ngai Tahu brand on the catwalk in Manhattan in next.
The high fashion hats had a Maori flair that inspired his carver, Mr Tumahai said.
Show organiser New Zealand Hat and Hair Art, of Timaru, said securing a catwalk show in New York's Couture Fashion Week was a significant coup.