The show must go on — online, that is

Margo Barton
Margo Barton
There may not be a catwalk, but the iD International Emerging Designer Awards will go ahead later this year.

But doubt has been cast on the future of the iD Dunedin Designer Show.

The emerging designer awards will take place at the Otago Polytechnic on August 7, and a video presentation of the 32 finalists will be shown before winners are named.

The awards have moved online in the show’s 16th year as a result of Covid-19, proving advantageous for the show.

Margo Barton, iD Dunedin Fashion co-chairwoman, said moving judging and the show online provided an unparalleled opportunity to make the show global, and draw upon some of the world’s most experienced fashion judges.

Sixteen judges from five countries would determine winners.

"The Board of iD Dunedin is delighted to have pulled together such a wonderful array of international talent.

"Its an amazing opportunity for the 32 finalists to have their collections viewed and critiqued by these judges."

There was no expectation for winners to travel to Dunedin.

"Filmed in bedrooms, hallways and parks across 14 countries in Covid-19 lockdown, the video awards presentation is being edited by world-leading production house NHNZ."

Sally Peart, iD Dunedin Fashion co-chairwoman, said the new online video format enabled iD to extend the reach of the event to an international audience.

"Early indications are that it will be a huge success and may become the norm for delivering this global competition."

The iD Fashion Designer Show, set to take place in February next year, has been postponed indefinitely, and its future status will be reviewed by the iD Fashion board.


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