iD Emerging Designer Awards 2019

From life underwater, to a desire for pink hair, exploring the impact of social media on mental health; the relationship we have with our homes and furniture to a search for authenticity…the inspiration behind the collections at this year’s iD International Emerging Designer Awards is endless.

Betty Liu’s collection ‘Eating the Other’ explores the commodification of Chinese Culture and a fascination with qipao (traditional Chinese dress).  Image supplied.

Betty Liu’s collection ‘Eating the Other’ explores the commodification of Chinese Culture and a fascination with qipao (traditional Chinese dress). Image supplied.

This year marks 20 years of iD Fashion Week held in Dunedin and this year the Anniversary Designer Awards show will be taking place at The Regent Theatre. The run of events begins this week with a range of exhibitions, designer talks, pop up shops and more.

The awards show on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th March will feature 31 international emerging designers from 13 countries including China, United Kingdom, Argentina, Australia, U.S.A Hungary, New Zealand and South Korea.

Each designer will showcase five looks, competing for prize money, industry opportunities and the chance to win the supreme iD International Emerging Designer title.

Collections pictured above: Tsega Gebremedihin, Siyuan Zhao, and Branded by Eily.

This year, the show will also include 16 leading New Zealand designers such as local labels, Carlson, Nom D, Company of Strangers and Mild Red alongside Kiwi favourites Kate Sylvester, WORLD, Stolen Girlfriends Club, high-end womenswear label, Wynn Hamlyn and more.

For Autumn Winter 2019 Kate Sylvester pays homage to Frances Hodgkins, painter and pioneer.

New K!D will be attending iD Fashion Week 2019 and we are delighted to include the following designers on the New K!D Designer Directory with more to come - Ethiopian born, Wellington designer Tsega Gebremedihin, Chinese designer, Siyuan Zhao, and Branded by Eily by RMIT graduate Eily Shaddock.

Click on the names of our new designers to find out more and look out for a review of the iD International Emerging Designer Anniversary Showcase in the weeks to come.