Iconic retailer launches competition to find New Zealand’s next top designer

An exciting opportunity is now open for emerging designers.

As part of its annual fashion week, Ballantynes Department Store in Christchurch is launching a new competition which will give one emerging designer a valuable start in the fashion world.

 NZ label Katherine Victoria at NZFW 2017, photo: NEW KID.

NZ label Katherine Victoria at NZFW 2017, photo: NEW KID.

The competition will be judged by Karen Walker, Twenty-Seven Names, Remix Magazine, fashion photographer Dave Richards and Ballantynes’ Head of Buying, Megan McKee.

Karen Walker says this is another example of Ballantynes’ ongoing commitment to fashion.

“Ballantynes has always been very supportive of New Zealand brands, including ours.," she says.

"We applaud them for giving emerging young designers a platform and an audience and are very much looking forward to seeing the finalists’ collections up close.”  

 Rachel Easting and Anjali Stewart from Twenty Seven Names, image supplied.

Rachel Easting and Anjali Stewart from Twenty Seven Names, image supplied.

The winner of the Ballantynes Emerging Designers Competition 2018 will have the chance to launch their debut fashion collection with Ballantynes’ Contemporary Lounge where it will be sold in-store and online.

Ballantynes Chief Executive Maria O’Halloran says the competition is a valuable opportunity for an emerging designer.      

“Emerging designers don’t often get the chance for their collections to go straight on sale and the winner will also receive more than $28,000 in materials, publicity and mentoring from some of New Zealand’s most successful fashion industry insiders.”

Maria O’Halloran says the Ballantynes team is looking forward to seeing the competition entries.

“Ballantynes has a long history of supporting kiwi designers, they produce some of the world’s best fashion.”  

The competition is open to anyone studying fashion design in New Zealand and recent graduates. Submissions can be made by solo designers or by partners or teams.

Entries close Friday, 20 July 2018. Submit your application via the Ballantynes website.