Nine Otago Polytechnic students are Dunedin's latest
budding designers to have their creations showcased
Eight fashion students and one communications student from
the polytechnic's School of Design have been selected to show
their work at this month's Shanghai Fashion Week.
The event started in 2003 and has been held twice a year
Designers revealed collections for autumn/winter in the April
event, and this month garments for the spring/summer fashion
season are being shown.
Dunedin students involved in the fashion week from October 16
to 25 are Georgia Ferguson, Alice McKay, Alisha Simpson, Tobi
Scott, Sonya Heney, Jessica Gleeson, Hannah Heslop, Lauren
Arthur and Anna van Gorp.
The event provides a platform for their work to be seen by
top designers, media and fashion buyers from around the
Last October, six fashion design students from Otago
Polytechnic showed garments at Shanghai Fashion Week.
They were Samuel Ralph, Soohee Moon, Hortense Rothery, Rakel
Blom, Olivia Bloxham and Carolyn Taylor.
Each had to commit to paying part of their air fare. The
remainder of the expenses were met by the polytechnic and
their Chinese hosts from the International Fashion Academy
(IFA) Paris, a department of the Shanghai University of
Otago Polytechnic has had a formal relationship with the
university for about seven years.
This year's theme for the spring/summer collections to be
shown by students was drama.
Otago Polytechnic academic leader of fashion Dr Margo Barton
said each student had interpreted the theme differently,
which meant there was a ''sense of collective diversity''
among their offerings.
''Some are very wearable, while others tend towards the
extreme,'' she said.
It was the first time a communications design student had
been involved in the fashion event, and it meant
opportunities for a shared curriculum could be further
developed, Dr Barton said.
''We know this will be an incredibly inspiring experience for
all students. We have a great partnership with IFA Paris in
Shanghai, which opens doors for our respective students to
explore different cultural outlooks,'' she said.
''We truly all learn from one another.''