Otago Polytechnic fashion student Duncan Chambers-Watson
(left) is preparing for a semester of study at the Istituto
Europeo di Design in Milan, where fellow Otago fashion
student Georgia Ferguson (right) has been honing her craft
this year. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
As one Otago Polytechnic fashion student prepares for a
semester in Milan, another has returned from a six-month stint
in the city of style.
Duncan Chambers-Watson (23) will travel to Italy next month
to study at the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Milan.
The second-year fashion design student had his application
for a scholarship accepted by the international institution
and is the only Otago fashion student in the IED's next
Mr Chambers-Watson will return to Dunedin in March to
complete the final year of his degree, for which his time in
Italy will be cross-credited.
He was excited about the opportunity to learn from some of
the best in the world.
''A lot of their [IED] teachers are working designers, and
just being in the heart of what is a fashion capital will be
Third-year Otago fashion student Georgia Ferguson can vouch
She spent from January to July studying at the Milan design
school, having won the same scholarship late last year.
Miss Ferguson (21) is using the skills she gained overseas to
create her final collection at the polytechnic.
She said Milan was ''incredible'' and well worth the extra
''It is a more intense workload. I definitely got a lot out
of it, but it's a lot more pressure.''