Otago Polytechnic

Forty-six emerging designers from around the globe will showcase the latest in fashion innovation and creativity as they compete for top prizes in this year’s prestigious iD International Emerging Designer Shows, to be held at the Dunedin Town Hall on 3-4 May.

The finalists, selected from a record 200 entries, will travel to Dunedin from their home countries to be judged by an international panel of experts at the new-look iD International Emerging Show, supported by Otago Polytechnic.

“As Australasia’s only international emerging fashion competition, designers from the top fashion schools around the world are eager to come to Dunedin to network and to launch their collections on a global platform,” says Dr Margo Barton, Professor of Fashion and iD Dunedin Fashion Creative Director.

“The talent on show for 2018 is pushing boundaries with diverse cultural and personal identities explored through their fashion languages,” Margo, Otago Polytechnic’s Academic Leader-Fashion, says.

“This is a unique opportunity to be amazed by the future of the world’s fashion, right here in Dunedin.”

The Emerging Shows will take centre stage as the main show at this year’s reinvigorated iD Dunedin Fashion event, held from 2-6 May and funded by the Dunedin City Council. The main shows will be held over two nights at the Dunedin Town Hall.

This year’s Emerging selection committee, made up of Kiwi fashion designers Tanya Carlson, Benny Castles (WORLD), and Margi Robertson (NOM*d), noted the exceptional standard of entries from around the world, which made selecting a pool of finalists extremely difficult. 

This year’s finalists include Otago Polytechnic graduate Dylan McCutcheon-Peat.

Prizes include $6000 for the H&J First Place winner, $4000 for the Rodd and Gunn Second Place, $2000 for the Gallery de Novo Third Place ($2000) and a range of other special prizes.

iD Dunedin Fashion tickets go on sale on Monday 26 February through Ticketmaster.co.nz

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Published on 03 May 2018

Orderdate: 03 May 2018
Expiry: 30 Jun 2018