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The exhibition was designed in-house and features pieces by a swathe of local and international collaborators — selected iD Emerging Designer finalists and Dunedin’s top designers — as well as selected items from Otago Museum’s vast textile collection.
The exhibition was created by Otago Museum in partnership with iD Fashion and Otago Polytechnic, and is supported by McMillan&Co.
The inspiration for Fashion FWD came from Dr Margo Barton, iD Emerging Design Awards founder and Otago Polytechnic academic leader of Fashion Design.
"I thought the anniversaries of iD Dunedin and the iD International Emerging Designer Awards, respectively, would be a good opportunity to reflect on the long history of iD Fashion Week," she said.
Fashion FWD opened to the public on Saturday, and has generated a lot of interest among New Zealand’s design, fashion and textile lovers.
"We began with a sold-out panel discussion featuring one of the exhibition curators, the amazing Dr Jane Malthus, and the godmothers [Margarita Robertson, of NOM*d, Tanya Carlson, of CARLSON, Sara Munro, of Company of Strangers, Donna Tulloch, of Mild Red, and Charmaine Reveley]. Dunedin seems really excited about the plethora of events planned throughout the exhibition,” marketing co-ordinator Charlie Buchan said.