The packed schedule of Fashion Revolution week in Dunedin segues seamlessly (sorry) into the new-look iD week. Over recent years the big buzz in iD has increasingly been about Emerging Designers, and this year, it’s the main event over two nights at the Town Hall, with awards to be presented on Friday night. The Town Hall catwalk will be transformed to get the clothes and models closer to more of the audience. With over 40 collections by designers from 19 countries, it’s going to be stunning, the new layout will give everyone a fabulous view, and at time of posting, there were still tickets; see the iD site for details.
The Emerging Designers awards shows are complemented by a range of associated events, starting the weekend before with a talk on the history of the awards by iD chair, Otago Polytechnic’s fashion team leader, Dr Margot Barton at Dunedin Public Art Gallery (29 April, 1-2pm), and several opportunities from 30 April – 6 May to see entries, hear from the judges, and meet designers.
While Emerging Designers is the ‘hero’ event for the week and accounts for quite a bit of the schedule, the range of complementary activities suggests that the organising team has been very, very busy. The public library will offer its popular fashion tours; there are exhibitions of fashion related art, a range of food + fashion events and shopping opportunities, styling sessions and exclusive and special shows. If you’re missing the Railway Station production, you might like to consider instead Dunedin’s first Fashion for a Cure event on Saturday 5 May (featuring leading national designers) or Toitū te awa Toitū te whenua TOITŪ NGĀ WĀHINE on Tuesday 1 May (featuring Ngāi Tahu designers fusing fashion and traditional Māori performance at Toitū) or ‘punk futurism’ at Human Apparel Expo 2018 or – look, there’s over 40 events on the schedule, something for everyone, it’s going to be massive.
Images supplied by iD.