Organisers of the iD International Emerging Designer Awards, in partnership with Otago Polytechnic, have announced a highly respected panel of 16 judges, from four countries, to assess this year’s 41 finalists.

Dr Margo Barton, Professor of Fashion at Otago Polytechnic and iD Dunedin Fashion Inc Chair, is thrilled at the calibre of this year’s panel, which will be led by head judge Tanya Carlson, Design Director of Carlson (NZ).

“It’s wonderful for the iD International Emerging Designer Awards finalists to have their designs shared with such a sage and influential panel.

“On a personal note, I’m particularly pleased two of the panel - Anna Ross and Tara Viggo - are Otago Polytechnic Fashion Design graduates. Tara was also an iD finalist in 2006.”

The panel will judge the garments from a combination of written documentation, including designer statements and influences, collection photos and video from the finalists. They will be choosing the following award winners:

  • The Otago Polytechnic First Prize ($5000)
  • Second Prize ($3,000)
  • Third Prize ($1,000)
  • VIVA Magazine Best NZ Emerging Designer
  • Most Sustainable Collection
  • Bremworth Natural Luxury with Wool

The winners will be announced at the sold out “Two Shows/One Night - Gala Fashion Show” on Saturday 19 June, which is the highlight of iD Dunedin Fashion Weekend.

The panel led by head judge Tanya Carlson, Design Director of  Carlson (NZ) is: Amanda Linnell, Editor in Chief, Viva Magazine (NZ);  Anna Ross, Director, Kester Black (NZ); Carla van Lunn, Fashion Educator & Designer (Australia); Charmaine Reveley, Design Director, Charmaine Reveley, (NZ); Dame Denise L'Estrange-Corbet, Design Director, WORLD, (NZ); Donna Tulloch, Design Director, Mild Red, (NZ); Doris de Pont, New Zealand Fashion Museum, (NZ); Jacinta FitzGerald, Head of Programmes, Mindful Fashion, (NZ); Jessie Wong, Design Director, Yu Mei, (NZ); Katie Dominy, Cofounder, Arts Thread; (England); Margarita Robertson, Design Director, NOM*d; (NZ); Michael Dye, Fashion Journalist, Cellotape Magazine, (England); Patty Huntington, Australian correspondent WWD, fashion commentator ABC, (Australia); Sara Maino, Senior Editor, Vogue Italia, (Italy); Sara Munro, Design Director, Company of Strangers; (NZ); Tara Viggo, Design Director, Paper Theory (England).

Details of all the weekend’s events follow:

iD Fashion Weekend Opening Event

"The Awakening of Future Disruptors, in partnership with Otago Polytechnic" on Friday 18 June from 7pm – 9pm.

This student-run evening will showcase Otago Polytechnic’s student designers as they present their disruption through design on an unconventional runway. Upon entry guests receive a complimentary drink, along with tastings created by the talented students from Otago Polytechnic’s Culinary Arts programme. Enjoy live music from Judah Kelly and mingle while watching Otago Polytechnic fashion students put all their talents on display to create an event that engages all the senses. Tickets are available through the iD website.

Otago Polytechnic/iD Dunedin Annual Fashion Symposium

While you’re in a fashion frame of mind, consider attending the Otago Polytechnic/iD Dunedin Annual Fashion Symposium on Friday 18 June. Academics and designers will consider “Fashion Forward >> Disruption” from 10am-4pm at the Barclay Theatre and Beautiful Science Gallery, Otago Museum.

Curator Guided Tour of Fashion Forward >> Disruption Through Design

This will be followed at 4pm by a Curator Guided Tour of Fashion Forward >> Disruption Through Design at Otago Museum. Exhibition curators, Professor of Fashion, Otago Polytechnic and iD Dunedin Fashion Inc. Chair Dr Margo Barton, and Otago Museum’s Moira White and Dr Jane Malthus will share a behind the scenes view of the exhibition, the museum archives pieces and the 17 year history of the iD International Emerging Designer Awards.

Tanya Carlson of Carlson at Otago Museum Fashion Fridays

Former Dunedin resident and head juror for the iD Dunedin International Emerging Designer Awards in partnership with Otago Polytechnic, Tanya Carlson of Carlson will headline Fashion Fridays at 5.30pm at Otago Museum. Tickets are essential and available through the Otago Museum website.

What the Judges Saw Panel Discussion

Head to Otago Museum on Sunday 20 June at 3.30pm for ‘What the Judges Saw’, a free panel discussion. Head judge and fashion designer Tanya Carlson, of Carlson and jurors; Margi Robertson of NOM*d, Donna Tulloch of Mild-Red and Charmaine Reveley of Charmaine Reveley will share their observations on this year’s judging, with chair Amanda Linnell,  Viva Magazine’s editor in chief.

 For all iD Dunedin Fashion Weekend info and to see the finalists in the iD International Emerging Designer Awards 2021 in partnership with Otago Polytechnic visit the iD website.


Published on 3 Jun 2021

Orderdate: 3 Jun 2021
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