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The merging of the International Emerging Designer Awards and iD Dunedin Fashion Show, to be held over two nights on March 15-16, means more people will be able to view both events, organisers say.
Organisers announced late last year the merged show, divided into two halves, would be held in the Regent.
The emerging designers show had been held for 15 years and the fashion show for 20, and fashion week co-chairwoman Margo Barton said the committee felt it was a good way to celebrate two decades of iD fashion.
She said this week the emerging designers section in the second half of the show would feature the Dunedin Youth Orchestra performing contemporary New Zealand music.
Dunedin musician Julian Temple would sing with the orchestra and there would be a DJ.
A key aspect of the show was that models would walk throughout the theatre, close to the audience, something that had been done successfully last year at the Dunedin Town Hall.
They would go from the stage to the ground floor seating area, then out the back of the theatre and upstairs to the circle.
Co-chairwoman Sally Peart said feedback from the town hall show was the audience loved being close to the models.
She said the Regent did not require many seats to be removed for that to happen, meaning there were more available seats for the audience.
The Regent also had a very deep stage, so there would be room for about 200 seats.
The event would be "so different" from the town hall, as half the show was established New Zealand designers and the second half emerging designers.
"We tested this at New Zealand Fashion Week, and the audience reaction was brilliant - they loved it," Dr Barton said.