Top emerging fashion designers are being asked to apply for next year’s iD International Emerging Designer Awards to be held on Thursday, April 3, 2014 in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Celebrating its 10th year, the iD International Emerging Designer Awards is a prestigious fashion competition, open to any recent graduate (within the past five years) or final-year student enrolled in a recognised diploma, BDes, BA, MA Fashion, or other related area.
The Awards – which attract top global talent from some of the world’s most high profile fashion schools – provide an international platform for rising local and international fashion design talent to showcase their innovative collections and gain further professional catwalk experience and networking opportunities.
Finalists have access to high profile established and emerging designers, a judging panel made up of industry experts – which in the past has included leading fashion authorities such as the UK’s Hilary Alexander, and Australia’s Nicholas Huxley, Glynis Traill-Nash and Karen Webster, alongside international and Kiwi fashion designers – and a supportive professional environment.
“The iD International Emerging Designer Awards is an incredible opportunity for international fashion graduates wanting to get noticed,” says Dr Margo Barton, iD Dunedin Fashion Week committee member and Academic Leader (Fashion) from the Otago Polytechnic School of Design.
“All our finalists get to meet and be critiqued by some of the world’s leading fashion notables, which can open doors in ways they’ve never imagined. Plus, networking with other designers starting out can be an incredible source of information and inspiration. Emerging designers should be working on their applications now.”
To mark the 10 years the Awards have been going, this year’s top prize is worth NZ$10,000, with other cash and special prizes on offer.
iD International Emerging Designer Award applications must be received by Friday 29 November, 2013.
The Awards are part of iD Dunedin Fashion Week – which next year celebrates its 15th Anniversary. Award winners also get to show their winning collections at the iD Fashion Show – New Zealand’s longest standing retail fashion show – held on Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5, on the Southern Hemisphere’s longest catwalk at Dunedin’s historic Railway Station.