43 finalists from 16 countries have been chosen from more than 150 applications from 27 countries to show their collections for the iD International Emerging Designer Awards 2021.

The collections are the work of 46 emerging designers who are studying fashion or have completed their study within the last five years.

The successful designers must now submit a video of their garments, which will be shown to an international judging panel.

This year, the collections share a common theme of utilitarian, cosy and protective designs. Head judge and fashion designer Tanya Carlson noted the designers appear to have been influenced by the global consciousness. Additionally, most of the garments are gender fluid and do not fit particular categories such as evening wear or business attire.

“You’ve got a certain age group of students from all over the world, but they have very similar threads, whether they’re from Finland or Australia,” she said.

Carlson leads the judging panel that also includes Margi Robertson of NOM*d, Donna Tulloch of MildRED and Charmaine Reveley of Charmaine Reveley.

This is the 17th year the iD Dunedin Fashion Inc. has presented the Awards.

Professor of Fashion, Otago Polytechnic and iD Dunedin Fashion Inc. Chair Dr Margo Barton says iD Dunedin and Otago Polytechnic are excited and feel privileged to create the opportunity for both the designers and the attendees at the live and online events.

“When I saw the incredible submissions for iD 2021, it reminded me that there is nowhere else in the world where edgy and challenging sustainable fashion from some of the most notable institutions internationally are accessible to the public in such a way. I just love my job!”

The Awards

Finalists are competing for First, Second and Third place as well as Most Sustainable Collection and Natural Luxury with Wool awards.

Six winners will be announced on Saturday 19 June at a gala movie premiere and runway show at Otago Museum.

The Awards being announced are:

  • The Otago Polytechnic First Place ($NZ 5,000)
  • Second Place ($NZ 3,000)
  • Wealth Protection Specialists Third Place ($NZ 1,500)
  • Viva Best NZ Emerging Designer ($NZ 3,000)
  • Bremworth Natural Luxury with Wool prize ($NZ 3,000)
  • iD Dunedin Most Sustainable Collection ($NZ 3,000)

iD International Emerging Designer Awards 2021 Finalists and Their Collections

Cindy Alhadeff and Martina Pavia; ‘No-Made’; Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo; Argentina.

George Borrie; ‘Muse’; Southern Institute of Technology; New Zealand.

Kerry Brack; ‘Objet Trouve’; University of Technology Sydney; Australia.

Gisella Candi; ‘Wide Angle Smile’; University of Technology Sydney; Australia.

Elodie Cazier; ‘Not that they come alive in her; it is her who lives in them’; ArtEZ University of the Arts; France.

Sahil Chaudhary; ‘Labyrinth’; National Institute of Fashion Technology; India.

Min-Yan Tsai; 天照花塚 Flourish Tumulus; Shih Chien University; Taiwan.

Min-Yan Tsai; 天照花塚

Karis Zanetta Cheng; ‘Where Are You From?’; University of Technology, Sydney; Australia.

Justin Mengzhe Chi; ‘Put on – Take Off’; Fashion Institute of Technology; United States.

Tsai Feng Chou; ‘Goldfish Unknow’; Shih Chien University; Taiwan.

Chloe Christie; ‘Suited’; University of Technology, Sydney; Australia.

Jasmin Erb; ‘Untitled, 2021’; University of Arts, Berlin; Germany.

Romana Haake; ‘Coding Paradise’; University of Applied Sciences, Bielefeld; Germany.

Jordan Harris; ‘[Re]construct’; Massey University; New Zealand.

Oscar Keene; ‘Fluid’; RMIT; Australia.

iD International Emerging Designer Awards 2021
Oscar Keene; ‘Fluid’

Jing He; Assimilation // Annexation; Massey University; New Zealand.

Ina Hill; ‘Embody’; Massey University; New Zealand.

Sally Jackson; ‘The Bowerbirds’; University of Technology, Sydney; Australia.

Grace Kelly; ‘Eidê’; Queensland University of Technology; Australia.

Sara Kickmayer; ‘Real Utopia’; Institut Français de la Mode; France.

Ester Kubisz; ‘Unreal City’; Ravensbourne; United Kingdom.

Taliah Leslie; ‘Dreamers’; Pratt Institute; United States of America.

Jingzhi Liu; Liu Jingzhi; College of Fashion and Design, Donghua University; China.

Jingzhi Liu; Liu Jingzhi

Shiyu Liu; ‘Cheng Shi’; Donghua University; China.

Yu-Wen Liu; ‘Revolution Orbita’; Shih Chien University; Taiwan.

Karel Martinez; ‘Karel’; Polimoda; Italy.

Jennifer Milleder; ‘Flora Magnifica’; University of Applied Arts, Vienna; Austria.

Margarita Ng Ng and Cristina Ng Ng; 2×1 = Split Identities/Personalities Different But Same; Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT); United States.

Lydia Paine; ‘Mother & Mode’; Massey University; New Zealand.

Taylor Pumphrey; ‘Tangible’; Otago Polytechnic; New Zealand.

Alesha Pyers; ‘Audacity to Art’; Otago Polytechnic; New Zealand.

iD International Emerging Designer Awards 2021
Alesha Pyers; ‘Audacity to Art’

Kristal Roberts; ‘Rethread’; Massey University, Wellington; New Zealand.

Olivia Rubens; ‘Duplicitous Lives’; London College of Fashion; Canada.

Lorna Ryan; ‘New Zeal’; Otago Polytechnic; New Zealand.

Alessandro Santi; ‘Morphed Up’; University of Applied Arts Vienna; Austria.

Anna Sarasoja; ‘Study of Shapes’; Aalto University; Finland.

Cecilie Schou Grønbeck; ‘A Soft Warrior’ ; Royal Danish Academy; Denmark.

Namrata Surana; ‘Wildflower Mornings’; Accademia di Costume e di Moda; India.

Karina Vodovoz; ‘Future Past’; Shenkar; Israel.

Xizhu Wu; ‘Shuang’; University of Technology, Sydney; Australia.

Zhu-Luo Xiao; ‘Dedicated to my Parents’; Shih Chien Fashion Department; Taiwan.

Shuyu Yue; ‘Me’; College of Fashion and Design, Donghua University; China.

iD International Emerging Designer Awards 2021
Shuyu Yue; ‘Me’

Stay with The Last Fashion Bible for more updates on the iD International Emerging Designer Awards 2021, including the soon-to-be-released names of the international judges.



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