a dream, now a success.
Organisers of iD Dunedin Fashion Week acknowledged its humble
beginnings at the official launch of the 15th anniversary
event in the Dunedin Centre last night.
iD committee chairwoman Susie Staley welcomed about 200
people at the launch, including international guest and
Paris-based designer Martin Grant.
''Fifteen years ago, a group of Dunedin designers came
together with a dream of creating a fashion event, and five
years later the iD organising committee joined with the team
at Otago Polytechnic to establish an international awards
event like no other. Now, it's sold out.
''We've established an international fashion calendar of
official and associated events that grow year on year and
raise the profile of Dunedin as a centre for fashion, design,
innovation and education,'' she said.
Ms Staley also thanked sponsors and the designers who took
time out of their busy schedules to participate, including
the many young design graduates from around the world who
travelled to Dunedin at their own expense.
Founding iD Dunedin Fashion Show designer and committee
member Margi Robertson, of Nom*D, also spoke at the launch.
She explained how the shows had grown from small, informal
displays to professional runway events of an international
''Back in the day a lot of it was done for love and the
people of Dunedin supported it so well. It's provided us with
something we can really look back on.''
The week of iD activities, exhibitions, promotions and shows
culminates in the iD International Designer Awards at the
Town Hall on Thursday and the iD Dunedin Fashion Show at the
Dunedin Railway Station on Friday and Saturday.