Dunedin designers strike a pose in 'Vogue'

Having her students appear in Vogue Italia last year was exciting.

To have it happen again is another "international coup" for Otago Polytechnic fashion academic leader Margo Barton.

Collections by polytechnic graduates Sara Dooley and Faye Ma feature in the prestigious fashion magazine's September issue, along with sketches of their work and contact details.

Their creations appear alongside other emerging designers in the Vogue Talents supplement, which also includes information about the polytechnic.

Miss Dooley said her selection was "crazy".

"I wondered how on earth it had happened. It's really hard to describe - it was so surreal. To have your work in Vogue is a dream," she said.

Her collection, which was shown during iD Dunedin Fashion Week, will also be displayed at the Vogue Fashion Fund's Who is on Next? event in Milan this week.

"It's such amazing exposure. For a designer from New Zealand to have her work on show at an event run by Vogue in Milan is just huge."

Miss Ma had also attracted international attention as a result of the magazine article.

"I have received an email from a French fashion photography agency which wants to look at collaborating with me, so that's very exciting," she said.

Appearing in Vogue Italia made her feel "like I had jumped over the moon".

"It gives me more motivation for starting my own label. I believe that this is just the beginning."

Ms Barton said it was "really unusual to be chosen twice", after graduates Roxanna Zamani and Meg Gallagher featured in the magazine a year ago.

"We need to shout it from the rooftops. With Amelia Boland going to New York Fashion Week, it's yet another international coup. It shows that it does not matter we are right at the bottom of the South Island - we can still foot it with the best of them," she said.



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