iD Dunedin Fashion Week gave Auckland a taste of the iconic fashion week last night. Adorn: A Glimpse of iD Dunedin Fashion Week showed six emerging designer collections as well as pieces from established iD regulars including NOM*d, Company of Strangers, Mild-Red and CARLSON.
Alongside the emerging designer selection was the first iD International Emerging Designer Awards finalist – Chen Yi from Shanghai University of Engineering Science. Yi was offered automatic entry into the Awards following Otago Polytechnic’s Collections 2015 show where eight Shanghai emerging designers showed their graduating collections.
iD Committtee Chair Cherry Lucas says the event, which was sponsored by Holden, was intended to raise the profile of Dunedin fashion, and the city’s events in Auckland. “As Otago Polytechnic announces that it will open up postgraduate fashion education courses in Auckland, it seemed the perfect timing to deliver a taste of emerging design from our city alongside our stable of iD’s favourite designers to Auckland audiences.”
Now in its 17th year iD Dunedin Fashion Week (March 12-20, 2016), supported by Dunedin City Council, has grown from a one-off catwalk show in a local bar featuring local Dunedin designers to an international fashion week featuring runway shows, exhibitions, installations, designer talks and retail events.
The week culminates in the iD International Emerging Designer Awards, supported by the Otago Polytechnic, Australasia’s only international emerging fashion design competition, which attracts new designers from around the world looking to launch their careers on an international stage.