Thirty emerging designers from around the globe have been chosen as finalists for the 13th annual Awards, supported by the Otago Polytechnic, which represent Australasia’s only international emerging fashion competition. The finalists, selected from a pool of around 150 entries from 18 countries, will present their collections at the iD International Emerging Designer Awards Show to be held on Thursday March 23 at the Dunedin Railway Station,  New Zealand.

This year’s selection committee, made up of Kiwi fashion designers Tanya Carlson and Sara Munro (Company of Strangers), alongside fashion editor Dan Ahwa, were impressed by the quality of entries coming from the world’s top fashion schools – and the graduates’ dedication to the ethos of slow fashion and sustainability.

Judging will take place on Wednesday March 22 in Dunedin and winners will be announced at the end of Thursday night's event.

Prizes include the H&J Smith First Place (NZ$6,000), L’affare Second Place (NZ$4000), Gallery De Novo Third Place ($2000) and other special prizes including The Fabric Store Prize worth $3000 (includes $2000 worth of fabric), Dunedin’s Golden Centre Mall Prize for the Most Commercial Collection and the new Emilia Wickstead Internship.

Winners from the 2017 iD International Emerging Designer Awards will show their collections at the iD Dunedin Fashion Show held at Dunedin’s Railway Station on Friday March 24 and Saturday March 25.