33 designers from 21 institutions in 14 countries*

Thirty-four designers, who are in their final year of studying or have graduated in the last 12 months, will be showing their collections at the iD International Emerging Designer Awards in Dunedin this March.

Entries in the iD International Emerging Designer Awards sponsored by Otago Polytechnic explore themes as diverse as technology, war, sustainability and abandoned buildings through their cutting edge collections.

Kiwi designers and judges Tanya Carlson, Benny Castles (WORLD), Margi Robertson (NOM*d) and Kate Sylvester, as well as VIVA editor Amanda Linnell selected the shortlist. Each emerging designer will show five garments which will be assessed by the panel during a day of judging at The Regent Theatre on Thursday 14 March.

iD International Emerging Designer Awards judge Tanya Carlson said it was interesting to note that whether finalists came from Auckland, Melbourne or Singapore there was a consistency with the themes their fashion explored.

“This year many of the entries are inward looking, asking who am I, as they explore their place in the world. Young designers are drawing upon their experience with family, ethnicity and what it is like to be an immigrant to inform their clothes and at the same time question identity and how it defines their place in the world.”

The 34 finalists will be competing for the title of iD International Emerging Designer 2019 sponsored by Otago Polytechnic and for prizes including**:  

  • $6,000 H&J Smith iD International Emerging Design First Place Winner 2019  

  • $4,000 iD International Emerging Design Second Place Winner 

  • $2,000 Gallery De Novo iD International Emerging Design Third Place Winner 

  • $3,000 The Fabric Store Award for Excellence in Design ($1k cash and $2k fabric) 

  • $2,500 therapy + psychology Free To Be Me Award 

  • $1,500 Barbara Brinsley QSM Carpe Diem Award 

  • $1,000 Cavalier Bremworth Wool Award 

  • $500 Otago Polytechnic People’s Choice  

  • $500 Holden Acadia Arrive in Style Award 

  • Viva Editorial Prize; awarded to the Best NZ Collection 

  • Blunt Design Award; winning design is produced as a limited edition Blunt umbrella  

  • Apparel Magazine Most Commercial Collection Prize  

This year’s competition features three new awards. The Blunt Design Award, emerging finalists are invited to create a fabric design for a Blunt umbrella and the winning design will be produced as a limited edition Blunt umbrella.  The therapy + psychology ‘Free To Be Me’ Award will recognise one designer who embraces and empowers young people to freely express themselves in how they dress, to move confidently beyond the pressure to confirm and takes pride and joy in being true to themselves. The Holden Acadia Arrive in Style Award will be chosen following a finalists fashion shoot around Dunedin with finalists garments photographed with the new Holden Arcadia. Other prizes will be announced shortly.  

Emerging design finalists will travel to Dunedin from 14 countries for iD Dunedin Fashion Week. Over the week they will attend fashion lectures and events including the Otago Polytechnic Fashion Symposium 2019, have their garments photographed at Larnach Castle and around Dunedin, as well as meet the other young designers from around the world.  

Each emerging designer will show five garments which will be assessed by a panel of all-star Kiwi fashion designers. The judges are designers Tanya Carlson, Benny Castles (WORLD), Margi Robertson (NOM*d) and Kate Sylvester, as well as VIVA editor Amanda Linnell.  

iD International Emerging Designer Awards, supported by Otago Polytechnic, is Australasia’s only international young designer competition. Dr Margo Barton, OP Professor of Fashion and iD Dunedin Fashion Creative Director, says designers from the top fashion schools around the world are eager to visit Dunedin to network and launch their collections before an international audience.  

 The emerging designer competition will take centre stage at this year’s 20th Anniversary iD Dunedin Fashion Show, proudly supported by Premier funder the Dunedin City Council. The iD International Emerging Designers will show at both nights of the iD Dunedin Fashion Show: Friday 15 and Saturday 16 March 2019. Winners of the iD International Emerging Designer Awards will be announced during the Friday show and all the finalists’ collections and the winners’ announcement will repeat on Saturday.   

 The iD Dunedin 20th Anniversary Shows will cap off a week of fashion-inspired events throughout Dunedin. From Monday 11 March through Sunday 17 March 2019, everyone in the city can indulge their love of fashion with events, lectures, parades, shopping and dining across the city.  

The iD International Emerging Designers 2019 sponsored by Otago Polytechnic are: 


Ciclo collaboration from Carolina Nicoluci, Micaela Pena & Catalina Peralta; University of Buenos Aires 


Eily Shaddock; Bachelor of Design (Honours), Queensland University of Technology (QUT) 

Anna Petry; Bachelor of Fashion Design (Honours), RMIT  

Bethany Cordwell; Bachelor of Design (Fashion) (Honours), Queensland University of Technology (QUT) 

Sarah Hawes; The Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles (Honours), University of Technology Sydney 

Olivia Goonatillake; Bachelor of Design (Fashion) (Honours), RMIT 

Betty Liu; Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours), RMIT 


Susmita Islam, BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology 


Xiulian Zheng; Master of Fine Art, IFA-SUES 

Ruoyu Wang; Bachelor of Fashion (Honours), RMIT 

Siyuan Zhao; Bachelor of Fine Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) 

Xiaoping Huang; Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design (Honours), University of Central Lancashire 


The Four Budapest ‘REFLECTIVE’ collaboration from Anett Gálvölgyi and Márton Miovác; Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest, Hungary 


Diksha Rathi; Bachelor of Fashion Design, School of Fashion Technology, SOFT PUNE, India 


Minji Kim; Masters in Fashion Design, Domus Academy, Milan 


Minori Yanagase;  Advanced Diploma, Osaka Bunka Institute Fashion 

New Zealand 

Phoebe Lee; Bachelor of Design (Fashion), Otago Polytechnic  

Sean Kettle; Bachelor of Design, Major Fashion Design, AUT  

Kimberley Franklin; Bachelor of Design (Hons) Majoring in Fashion, Massey University  

Ed Richards; Bachelor of Design, Majoring in Fashion, AUT  

Tsega Gebremedihin; Bachelor of Design with Honours, Massey University 

Lavina Ilolahia; Bachelor of Design, Fashion Major, AUT 

Rosette Hailes-Paku; Bachelor of Design (Fashion), Otago Polytechnic 


Krizia Jimenez; Associate Degree in Fashion Design and Marketing, SoFA Design Institute, Philippines 


Jiahao Liu; Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Fashion, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore 

South Korea 

Jaehwa Rhee; Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear BA (Hons), London College of Fashion 

Dayun Lee; BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear, London College of Fashion 


Cassandra Casas Rojas; Kent State University 


Rebecca Carrington; BA (HONS) Fashion, Manchester Metropolitan University  

Amy Redford; Fashion Design Technology – Womenswear (1st), Manchester Fashion Institute 

George Clarke; BA Fashion Design; Bath Spa University  


Sky Nguyen; Diploma, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore  


The iD Dunedin Fashion Week 20th Anniversary Show promises an inspiring catwalk show that brings the world’s cutting-edge fashion to New Zealand audiences. 

Tickets for the 2019 shows are available through

*Emerging designer numbers updated 13 February 2019

**Prizes updated 13 February 2019

Image: Sean Kettle, New Zealand, 2019 iD International Emerging Design Awards Finalist