Visitors take in Tanya Carlson's ''Not All White'' collection at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery on Saturday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
A rare insight into couture dressmaking and the mind of a
young Dunedin designer has heralded the start of iD Fashion
Week, which is being launched tonight.
About 120 people attended the Dunedin Public Art Gallery on
Saturday when founding fashion week designer and committee
member Tanya Carlson launched a display of her wedding
dresses with an informal chat led by curator and dress
historian Dr Jane Malthus.
They spoke about Ms Carlson's fine arts education, her foray
into fashion and how she learnt invaluable skills from
experienced machinists in her formative years in the
The collection of 17 Carlson wedding dresses, titled ''Not
all White'', is on show in the gallery as part of this year's
All are on loan from the brides they were designed for over
the past 15 years.
Those on display include the dresses of Kerre McIvor (nee
Woodham), Sonia Gray, Alison Palmer (nee Shanks), Tamsin
Cooper and Victoria Muir (nee Bunton).
Brides had to be comfortable and their dancing while in their
dresses look effortless, she said.
''Sometimes you see wedding dresses that look really heavy
and meringue-like. Brides have to wear the dress all day and
usually want something lighter,'' she said.
The official launch of iD Fashion Week will be held tonight.
Among other events, the 10th-anniversary iD International
Emerging Designer Awards will be held on Thursday, and the
15th-anniversary iD Dunedin Fashion Show on Friday and