Sixteen acclaimed New Zealand designers will showcase their Autumn / Winter 2019 ready-to-wear collections at the iD Dunedin Fashion Shows on Friday 15 March and Saturday 16 March.

Celebrating the 20 year anniversary of iD Dunedin Fashion Week, the collection is a roll call of the country’s finest fashion. The show will feature long-established, iconic New Zealand fashion brands as well as designers who have found success more recently.

The line-up is Carlson, Charmaine Reveley, Company of Strangers, DADA, Hailwood, Kate Sylvester, Liam, Maaike, MILD-RED, Nom*D,  Ruby, Stolen Girlfriends Club, WORLD, Wynn Hamlyn, Yvonne Bennetti and Zambesi.

Otago Polytechnic Professor of Fashion and iD Dunedin Creative Director, Dr Margo Barton is excited to mark this milestone with such a stunning line up.

“Since a small, dedicated group of volunteers started iD Dunedin in 1999, the show has evolved from a celebration of Dunedin’s underground fashion to a week-long festival recognising the importance of the fashion industry to the city and the country.

“What’s more, the addition of the iD International Emerging Design Awards 15 years ago has given us a platform to foster and develop young designers from New Zealand and throughout the world and at the same time get a sneak peek at fashion forward trends before they hit the runways of Milan and Paris.”

Dr Barton says the show continues to evolve, this year moving to the Regent Theatre in the centre of the city.

“One of the most exciting things is creating a show which jumps off the runway and allows the models to walk through the audience. This means that no matter whether guests are sitting in the circle or the stalls they will see all the garments up close.”

Each night the show will feature New Zealand’s established designers in the first half and the iD International Emerging Designer collections in the second half. The Friday show will include the iD International Emerging Designer Awards ceremony.

 Emerging design finalists travel to Dunedin from 16 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. The judges are travelling to iD Dunedin Fashion Week courtesy of Air New Zealand and Dunedin Airport.

The iD Dunedin 20th Anniversary Shows cap off a week of fashion-inspired events throughout Dunedin. From Monday 11 March to Sunday 17 March 2019 everyone has a  chance to indulge their love of design at fashion-inspired events, lectures, parades, shopping and dining experiences that will pop up across the city. The complete iD Dunedin Fashion Week programme includes more than 20 Associated Events. Highlights include; Viva.co.nz Designer Conversations; iD Dunedin fashion exhibitions at Dunedin Airport, Dunedin Public Art Gallery and Gallery De Novo plus special menus at Glenfalloch Restaurant, Emerson’s and Vault 21. More exciting events are yet to be added and will be found on idfashion.co.nz.