Sydney fashion guru 'real coup' for iD

Nicholas Huxley
Nicholas Huxley
He has dressed actresses Nicole Kidman and Zsa Zsa Gabor, trained fashion designers Akira Isogawa and Alex Perry, and brushed shoulders with actors Alec Baldwin and James Franco. Now, Nicholas Huxley is on his way to Dunedin.

The head of the Fashion Design Studio at Ultimo's Technical And Further Education college in Sydney has been announced as guest judge for the iD International Emerging Designer Awards to be held next month.

The leading figure in the Australian fashion design industry, who was nominated for the Fashion Group International Life Achievement Award last year, is "thrilled" to be part of the event.

"In the past, I have been very aware of the truly high calibre of work submitted and the eventual winners. It's a class act and I'm proud and honoured to be considered worthy of inclusion in the event," he said.

While on his first visit to Dunedin, he will catch up with Otago Polytechnic fashion academic leader Margo Barton and designer Tanya Carlson, both of whom he taught in Sydney.

" It'll be a nice time to have a laugh and see some talent."

The iD committee chairwoman Susie Staley said it was a "real coup" to have someone of Mr Huxley's calibre involved in the event.

He will join Ms Carlson, British fashion writer Hilary Alexander and designer Margi Robertson on the emerging designer judging panel.

Twenty-eight finalists from seven countries will vie for cash prizes as well as the coveted Mittelmoda prize, which gives the winner direct entry to the prestigious Mittelmoda Italian Fashion Awards held in Gorizia, Italy.

• iD Dunedin Fashion Week runs from March 27 to April 1.





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