Thirty-seven designers from sixteen countries around the world will be competing at the 2019 iD International Emerging Designer Awards at The Regent Theatre on Thursday 14th March. The emerging designer competition will take centre stage at this year’s 20th Anniversary iD Dunedin Fashion Show.

Each designer, who is in their final year of studying or have graduated in the last 12 months, will show five garments which will be assessed by the panel during a day of judging.

Kiwi designers Tanya Carlson, Benny Castles (WORLD), Margi Robertson (NOM*d) and Kate Sylvester, as well as VIVA editor Amanda Linnell selected the shortlist.

Entries in the 2019 iD International Emerging Designer Awards explore identity using diverse themes such as technology, war, sustainability and abandoned buildings through their cutting edge collections. Each emerging designer will show five garments for assessment.

Judge Tanya Carlson said it was interesting to note that whether finalists came from Auckland, Melbourne or Singapore there was a consistency with the themes their fashion explored.

“This year many of the entries are inward-looking, asking who am I, as they explore their place in the world. Young designers are drawing upon their experience with family, ethnicity and what it is like to be an immigrant to inform their clothes and at the same time question identity and how it defines their place in the world.”

This year’s competition features three new awards; the Blunt Design Award, emerging finalists are invited to create a fabric design for a Blunt umbrella and the winning design will be produced as a limited edition Blunt umbrella and the Free To Be Me Award, sponsored by Ali Maginness will recognise one designer who embraces and empowers young people to freely express themselves in how they dress, to move confidently beyond the pressure to confirm and takes pride and joy in being true to themselves. The Holden Acadia Arrive in Style Award will be chosen following a finalists fashion shoot around Dunedin with finalists garments photographed with the new Holden Arcadia.

The iD International Emerging Designers will show at both nights of the iD Dunedin Fashion Show; Friday 15 and Saturday 16 March 2019. Winners of the 2019 iD International Emerging Designer Awards will be announced during the Friday show and all the finalists collections and the winners announcement will repeat on Saturday.

The 2019 iD International Emerging Designers


Ciclo collaboration from Carolina Nicoluci, Micaela Pena & Catalina Peralta; University of Buenos Aires


Eily Shaddock; Bachelor of Design (Honours), Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Anna Petry; Bachelor of Fashion Design (Honours), RMIT

Bethany Cordwell; Bachelor of Design (Fashion) (Honours), Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Sarah Hawes; The Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles (Honours), University of Technology Sydney

Olivia Goonatillake; Bachelor of Design (Fashion) (Honours), RMIT

Betty Liu; Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours), RMIT


Susmita Islam, BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology


Xiulian Zheng; Master of Fine Art, IFA-SUES

Ruoyu Wang; Bachelor of Fashion (Honours), RMIT

Siyuan Zhao; Bachelor of Fine Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)

Xiaoping Huang; Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design (Honours), University of Central Lancashire


The Four Budapest ‘REFLECTIVE’ collaboration from Anett Gálvölgyi and Márton Miovác; Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest, Hungary


Diksha Rathi; Bachelor of Fashion Design, School of Fashion Technology, SOFT PUNE, India


Minji Kim; Masters in Fashion Design, Domus Academy, Milan


Minori Yanagase;  Advanced Diploma, Osaka Bunka Institute Fashion

New Zealand

Phoebe Lee; Bachelor of Design (Fashion), Otago Polytechnic

Sean Kettle; Bachelor of Design, Major Fashion Design, AUT

Kimberley Franklin; Bachelor of Design (Hons) Majoring in Fashion, Massey University

Eddy Richards; Bachelor of Design, Majoring in Fashion, AUT

Tsega Gebremedihin; Bachelor of Design with Honours, Massey University

Lavina Ilolahia; Bachelor of Design, Fashion Major, AUT

Rosette Hailes-Paku; Bachelor of Design (Fashion), Otago Polytechnic


Krizia Jimenez; Associate Degree in Fashion Design and Marketing, SoFA Design Institute, Philippines


Jiahao Liu; Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Fashion, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore

South Korea

Jaehwa Rhee; Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear BA (Hons), London College of Fashion

Dayun Lee; BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear, London College of Fashion


Onarin Siriviroj; Fashion, Parsons The New School for Design


Cassandra Casas Rojas; Kent State University

Glenda Widjaja; BFA Fashion Design, Parsons School of Design


Rebecca Carrington; BA (HONS) Fashion, Manchester Metropolitan University

Amy Redford; Fashion Design Technology – Womenswear (1st), Manchester Fashion Institute

George Clarke; BA Fashion Design; Bath Spa University


Sky Nguyen; Diploma, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore

View more entries in the gallery above. Tickets are available from TicketDirect now. For more information and the full programme visit

Good luck to all competitors!

Main image: Tsega Gebremedihin



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