A fashion collection inspired by dance will be showcased
at the iD Dunedin Fashion Show, to coincide with the 60th
anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
Dunedin designer Tamsin Cooper has created a collection
titled Anniversary, which will be modelled in part by two
Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) ballerinas, on the Dunedin
Railway Station catwalk.iD organisers said it was the first
time RNZB dancers had modelled in the annual show.
''iD audiences will no doubt enjoy the experience of the
collaboration with the Royal New Zealand Ballet on the iD
catwalk. Tamsin Cooper is always a popular part of the iD
show and it is a fabulous opportunity to debut the
Anniversary collection at iD,'' iD committee chairwoman Susie
RNZB managing director Amanda Skoog said the collection
showcase would be special for a number of reasons, ''not
least'' for the involvement of dancers who had been released
from their touring commitments in order to take part.
''We will be breaking new ground at iD Dunedin Fashion Week
as the dancers bring their own brand of ballet magic to the
runway,'' she said.
They will be dressed in coats and accessories from Cooper's
collection, which features intricate hand embroidery and
The collection marked an ongoing collaboration between Cooper
and the RNZB, which began in 2009, the designer said.
It was also her 10th anniversary of being in business.
''It's a huge honour to be collaborating with the Royal New
Zealand Ballet on a collection celebrating 60 years of the
ballet being such an integral part of our national heritage.
I feel very humbled by the honour and am certain that iD
crowds will enjoy the collection's dramatic debut,'' Cooper
Live music will be performed during the show by Auckland
Philharmonia Orchestra assistant concertmaster Miranda Adams.
The violinist, who recently won the 2013 Auckland
Philharmonia Foundation Scholarship, was born and raised in
Dunedin and studied at the University of Otago.