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iD International Emerging Designers Announced

37 designers from 23 institutions in 16 countries

Media Release Thursday 24 January 2019

Entries in the iD International Emerging Designer Awards 2019 explore identity using diverse themes such as technology, war, sustainability and abandoned buildings through their cutting edge collections.

Thirty-seven designers, who are in their final year of studying or have graduated in the last 12 months, will be showing their collections at the iD International Emerging Designer Awards in Dunedin this March.

Kiwi designers Tanya Carlson, Benny Castles (WORLD), Margi Robertson (NOM*d) and Kate Sylvester, as well as VIVA editor Amanda Linnell selected the shortlist. Each emerging designer will show five garments which will be assessed by the panel during a day of judging at The Regent Theatre on Thursday 14 March.

iD International Emerging Designer Awards judge Tanya Carlson said it was interesting to note that whether finalists came from Auckland, Melbourne or Singapore there was a consistency with the themes their fashion explored. “This year many of the entries are inward looking, asking who am I, as they explore their place in the world. Young designers are drawing upon their experience with family, ethnicity and what it is like to be an immigrant to inform their clothes and at the same time question identity and how it defines their place in the world.”

The 37 finalists will be competing for the title of iD International Emerging Designer 2019 and for prizes including;
• $6,000 H&J Smith iD International Emerging Design First Place Winner 2019
• $4,000 iD International Emerging Design Second Place Winner
• $2,000 Gallery De Novo iD International Emerging Design Third Place Winner
• $3,000 The Fabric Store Award for Excellence in Design ($1k cash and $2k fabric)
• $2,500 in the Free To Be Me Award
• $1,500 Barbara Brinsley QSM Carpe Diem Award
• $1,000 Cavalier Bremworth Wool Award
• $500 Otago Polytechnic People’s Choice
• $500 Holden Acadia Arrive in Style Award
• Viva Editorial Prize; awarded to the Best NZ Collection
• Blunt Design Award; winning design is produced as a limited edition Blunt umbrella
• Apparel Magazine Most Commercial Collection Prize

This year’s competition features three new awards. The Blunt Design Award, emerging finalists are invited to create a fabric design for a Blunt umbrella and the winning design will be produced as a limited edition Blunt umbrella. The ‘Free To Be Me’ Award, sponsored by Ali Maginness will recognise one designer who embraces and empowers young people to freely express themselves in how they dress, to move confidently beyond the pressure to confirm and takes pride and joy in being true to themselves. The Holden Acadia Arrive in Style Award will be chosen following a finalists fashion shoot around Dunedin with finalists garments photographed with the new Holden Arcadia. Other prizes will be announced shortly.

Emerging design finalists will travel to Dunedin from 16 countries for iD Dunedin Fashion Week. Over the week they will attend fashion lectures and events including the Otago Polytechnic Fashion Symposium 2019, have their garments photographed at Larnach Castle and around Dunedin, as well as meet the other young designers from around the world.

Each emerging designer will show five garments which will be assessed by a panel of all-star Kiwi fashion designers. The judges are designers Tanya Carlson, Benny Castles (WORLD), Margi Robertson (NOM*d) and Kate Sylvester, as well as VIVA editor Amanda Linnell.

iD International Emerging Designer Awards, supported by Otago Polytechnic, is Australasia’s only international young designer competition. Dr Margo Barton, OP Professor of Fashion and iD Dunedin Fashion Creative Director, says designers from the top fashion schools around the world are eager to visit Dunedin to network and launch their collections before an international audience.

The emerging designer competition will take centre stage at this year’s 20th Anniversary iD Dunedin Fashion Show, proudly supported by Premier funder the Dunedin City Council. The iD International Emerging Designers will show at both nights of the iD Dunedin Fashion Show; Friday 15 and Saturday 16 March 2019. Winners of the iD International Emerging Designer Awards will be announced during the Friday show and all the finalists collections and the winners announcement will repeat on Saturday.

The iD Dunedin 20th Anniversary Shows will cap off a week of fashion-inspired events throughout Dunedin. From Monday 11 March through Sunday 17 March 2019, everyone in the city can indulge their love of fashion with events, lectures, parades, shopping and dining across the city.

Tickets are available from TicketDirect now.

The iD International Emerging Designers 2019 are:

Ciclo collaboration from Carolina Nicoluci, Micaela Pena & Catalina Peralta; University of Buenos Aires

Eily Shaddock; Bachelor of Design (Honours), Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Anna Petry; Bachelor of Fashion Design (Honours), RMIT
Bethany Cordwell; Bachelor of Design (Fashion) (Honours), Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Sarah Hawes; The Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles (Honours), University of Technology Sydney
Olivia Goonatillake; Bachelor of Design (Fashion) (Honours), RMIT
Betty Liu; Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours), RMIT

Susmita Islam, BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology

Xiulian Zheng; Master of Fine Art, IFA-SUES
Ruoyu Wang; Bachelor of Fashion (Honours), RMIT
Siyuan Zhao; Bachelor of Fine Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
Xiaoping Huang; Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design (Honours), University of Central Lancashire

The Four Budapest ‘REFLECTIVE’ collaboration from Anett Gálvölgyi and Márton Miovác; Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest, Hungary

Diksha Rathi; Bachelor ff Fashion Design, School of Fashion Technology, SOFT PUNE, India

Minji Kim; Masters in Fashion Design, Domus Academy, Milan

Minori Yanagase; Advanced Diploma, Osaka Bunka Institute Fashion

New Zealand
Phoebe Lee; Bachelor of Design (Fashion), Otago Polytechnic
Sean Kettle; Bachelor of Design, Major Fashion Design, AUT
Kimberley Franklin; Bachelor of Design (Hons) Majoring in Fashion, Massey University
Eddy Richards; Bachelor of Design, Majoring in Fashion, AUT
Tsega Gebremedihin; Bachelor of Design with Honours, Massey University
Lavina Ilolahia; Bachelor of Design, Fashion Major, AUT
Rosette Hailes-Paku; Bachelor of Design (Fashion), Otago Polytechnic

Krizia Jimenez; Associate Degree in Fashion Design and Marketing, SoFA Design Institute, Philippines

Jiahao Liu; Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Fashion, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore

South Korea
Jaehwa Rhee; Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear BA (Hons), London College of Fashion
Dayun Lee; BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear, London College of Fashion

Onarin Siriviroj; Fashion, Parsons The New School for Design

Cassandra Casas Rojas; Kent State University
Glenda Widjaja; BFA Fashion Design, Parsons School of Design

Rebecca Carrington; BA (HONS) Fashion, Manchester Metropolitan University
Amy Redford; Fashion Design Technology – Womenswear (1st), Manchester Fashion Institute
George Clarke; BA Fashion Design; Bath Spa University

Sky Nguyen; Diploma, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore

For more information and the full programme visit

WHAT iD Dunedin International Emerging Designer Awards
WHEN Friday 15th March and Saturday 16th March
Doors open 6.30pm,. Show starts at 7.30pm
WHERE The Regent Theatre, Octagon, Dunedin


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