Australian fashion gurus Karen Webster and Glynis Traill-Nash will be part of the judging panel of this year’s iD International Emerging Designer Awards, held on Thursday, March 14 at the Edgar Centre’s Lion Foundation Arena in Dunedin, New Zealand.
The high profile pair – who will join UK celebrity milliner Stephen Jones on the prestigious judging panel – follow a proud tradition of judges for the awards, including Hilary Alexander, Nicholas Huxley and designers Lutz Huelle, Zandra Rhodes, Akira Isogawa and our own Margi Robertson (NOM*d) and Tanya Carlson.
Both judges have extensive experience and are highly regarded in the Australian fashion industry. Associate Professor Karen Webster – the Deputy Head of Fashion and Textiles at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology – has been a key player in Australian’s fashion industry for more than 30 years, as a fashion designer, academic, board director and five years as the Festival Director of the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival.
Webster’s knowledge and experience across many aspects of the industry, including consumer analysis, design directions and cultural trends, makes her a highly sought-after public speaker and consultant. In 2010, she was appointed as the first female Board Director of Australia’s premier fashion industry body, the Textile and Fashion Industry Association (TFIA) and Chair of the Australian Fashion Council. She has also served as a board member on numerous government committees and advisory boards.
“The iD Awards are an exciting fashion competition and show how a small city like Dunedin can have a local element in terms of its own finalists but also a huge global impact,” says Karen Webster.
Fashion writer and commentator Glynis Traill-Nash has become a front-row fixture at fashion shows and events, and has covered fashion weeks in New York, Paris, Milan, Berlin and Auckland. Traill-Nash was most recently fashion editor at The Sunday Telegraph, she has written for a variety of publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun Herald, Grazia and In Style, and has become a regular media spokesperson across radio and television, including appearances on Project Runway, Today, The Morning Show and A Current Affair.
“I’m thrilled to be heading to Dunedin for the first time to see the line-up of emerging designers from around the world vie for style supremacy, and to help them get a foothold in the industry.”
iD Dunedin Fashion Week committee member and fashion lecturer Dr Margo Barton says they are delighted to have such high calibre judges, which will provide excellent insight for the finalists.
“To meet and discuss their work with such high profile industry experts is an incredible opportunity for our 31 finalists. Whether they are placed or not, being a finalist at such a prestigious event and the networking they can do while they are here is invaluable for their careers.”
Prizes include; Peroni 1st Place NZ $5,000, Caffe L’affare 2nd Place $3,000, Strawberry Sound 3rd Place $1,000. Special prizes include Dunedin’s Golden Centre Most Commercial Collection Prize $1,000 and a Global Fabrics Award for Excellence in Design of $3,000 ($1,000 cash and $2,000 product).
Dr Margo Barton, Academic Leader (Fashion) at The School of Design and a team of third year students from the Otago Polytechnic, will manage the iD Awards show backstage. Dunedin based salon Klone Hair, led by Danelle and Karl Radel will take charge of the runway hair creations. Fashion looks for the models will be created by a Revlon sponsored makeup team, led by Aliana McDaniel.
Associate Professor Karen Webster will give a presentation on ‘slow fashion’ at a public lecture on Tuesday 12 March, 12 noon at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery – gold coin donation – door sales only.