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Fashion Forward: Disruption through Design will showcase garments gathered from iD Fashion Emerging Designer finalists over the past 16 years, and other garments from around the world.
The exhibition was designed in-house and groups the pieces with selected items from Otago Museum’s own collection, which spans centuries.
iD Emerging Design Awards founder Margo Barton called it a "fashionista’s dream".
"This will draw top designers, serious shoppers, and creatives from around the country — it is going to be inspiring."
Museum marketing manager Kate Oktay called the fashion "brazen, chic and defiant".
The exhibition was supported by Dunedin’s top designers including, Margarita Robertson of NOM*d, Tanya Carlson of CARLSON, Sara Munro of Company of Strangers, Donna Tullock of Mild Red and Charmaine Reveley, as well as by Dunedin’s fashionable Barbara Brinsley, she said.
Museum head of exhibitions and creative services Craig Scott said it was an "honour" to bring fashion designer’s garments, as well as the museum’s own collection, to life.
The exhibition will open at the Otago Museum on March 27 and will also feature pop up fashion events, workshops, and talks from the designers themselves.
A date has not been set for this year’s iD International Emerging Designer Awards show.