Dunedin fashion designers Margi Robertson (left) and Tanya
Carlson (right), with Auckland fashion industry
professional Des Rusk, assess entries for the 10th
anniversary iD International Emerging Designer Awards in
Dunedin yesterday. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Almost 100 entries for the 10th anniversary iD
International Emerging Designer Awards are being whittled down
to about 30 finalists.
Dunedin fashion designers Margi Robertson and Tanya Carlson
spent yesterday selecting designers for the show, with
Auckland fashion industry professional Des Rusk.
They said the quality of entries made it a difficult but
''The selection is pretty amazing. We're already in a
situation where we've got to edit, so that's a nice space to
be in. There is more than enough contenders,'' Ms Robertson
The anniversary awards attracted 93 entries from fashion
design graduates of international tertiary institutions.
Among them were designers from Croatia, Spain, Italy, Egypt,
China, Ireland, England, India and the Netherlands.
Ms Robertson said there was also a particularly strong
contingent from Australia and an entrant from Asia who
previously studied at Otago Polytechnic.
Collections comprised more modern silhouettes than had been
previously submitted, which selectors were happy to see.
Ms Robertson said young fashion design students had
traditionally stuck to draping and wrapping.
''What we're seeing coming through is a lot more futuristic
forms and that's really the way fashion is heading in many
respects,'' she said.
Miss Carlson said laser cutting was a popular technique among
entrants, as was digital printing, although the latter had
become mainstream and judges were looking for innovation
within the method.
''These days you see digital printing in chain stores so
we're looking for people approaching it in a fresh way that
we haven't seen before.''
She said there were almost as many male designers as females,
and a good percentage of the collections comprised menswear
designed by both males and females.
Those chosen to show at the awards on April 3 had to confirm
they could attend before a final selection was announced by
For the first time, the show would be held at the Dunedin
Town Hall, having previously been staged at the Edgar Centre.