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The 10th anniversary of New Zealand’s only major international emerging designer fashion awards will unveil 31 unique collections from around the globe incorporating innovative fabrication, new technology, bold silhouettes and intense colour.

The finalists, selected from a pool of almost 100 entries and representing nine countries and 16 high profile fashion schools, will vie for top prizes in the prestigious Awards, to be held at the Dunedin Town Hall on Thursday April 3.

This year’s selection committee – fashion industry guru Des Rusk and designers Tanya Carlson and Margi Robertson (NOM*d) – were impressed by this year’s stellar selection, all with very unique collections.

“From 3D modelling to a reinterpretation of traditional techniques, there was a strong individualism in each collection,” says selector Des Rusk.

“Crowds should look forward to seeing directional fashion showcasing some real bravery in technique and textiles.”

Fellow selectors Tanya Carlson and Margi Robertson agreed.

“As always, we are looking for absolute innovation, new ideas and well balanced collections,” says Margi Robertson.

“The silhouette is important to me personally and the courage to pare back some ideas when necessary. This is what makes an emerging designer a successful designer in the future.”

iD Committee Chair Susie Staley says this year’s 10th anniversary of the awards is an exciting celebration of what is considered one of the Southern Hemisphere’s top fashion awards.

“In 10 years of the Awards, we have helped launch the careers of countless young designers who have gone on to work in high profile fashion houses around the world, as well as launching their own labels. The Awards provide not only incredible networking opportunities and cash prizes, but to be critiqued by some of the most influential fashion leaders in the world – from Stephen Jones to Hilary Alexander, Akira Isogawa to Lutz Huelle, alongside our very own designers – is a once in a lifetime chance for many of these new designers.”

This year’s finalists are:

- From New Zealand: • Auckland University of Technology: Sophia Hattingh, 20; Sarah Morovic, 21. • Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, Auckland: Kido Deng, 26. • Massey University, Wellington: Jack Hill, 22, Lucilla Gray, 22. • Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin: Justine Tindley, 41; Hannah Louise Heslop, 20; Georgia Ferguson, 21.

- From Australia: • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology: Alanna Barca, 22; Chin Hau Tay, 22; Victoria Thaniotis, 28; Yan Wang, 24. • The Fashion Design Studio, Ultimo TAFE, Sydney: Bei Na Wei, 27; Yousef Akbar, 28. • University of Technology, Sydney: Adele Thiel, 23; Anna-Marie Gruber, 22; Lillian Chan, 25; Mook Attakanwong, 22; Roxane Chan, 24; Wing Chiang, 23. • Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane: Edwina Sinclair, 21; Tess Gard, 24; Dobin Moon, 23.

- From China: • Shanghai University of Engineering Science/Sino-French Institute of Fashion Design: Xinyi Li, 22; Mingcheng Zhu, 22.

- From Italy: • Brera Academy, Milan: Mahshid Mahdian, 36.

- From Croatia: • University of Zagreb Faculty of Textile Technology and Fashion Design: Matija Cop, 26.

- From the Netherlands: • Gerrit Rletveid Academie: Alla Kuzmyk, 31.

- From Singapore/UK: • Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and University of East London, UK: Jayla Chin, 25.

- From Ireland: • National College of Art and Design, Dublin: Jocelyn Boyne, 23.

- From India: • National Institute of Fashion Technology, Kolkata, India: Vaibhav Singh, 27 Prizes include NZ$10,000 for the first place winner (to celebrate the 10th anniversary), Caffe L’Affare second place $4,000, Dunedin International Airport third place $2000 for third place, with other special prizes including The Fabric Store prize worth $3000 (includes $2000 worth of fabric), the New Zealand Light Leathers Prize, worth $2000 (includes $1000 worth of leather) and the Dunedin’s Golden Centre Mall Prize $1000 for the most commercial collection.

Winners from the 2014 iD International Emerging Designer Awards will show their collections at the iD Dunedin Fashion Show XV – the 15th anniversary of the runway show held at Dunedin’s Railway Station on Friday April 4 and Saturday April 5.

For more information, please visit: W:; F:; T: @iDinsider

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Beauty Düsseldorf

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