New Zealand Fashion Week has announced dates for the 2021 event. According to a press release, NZFW 2021 will run from 23-29 August in Aotea Square and Auckland Town Hall to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

After a forced postponement in 2020 due to coronavirus, NZFW 2021 is lining up to be the biggest in the event’s history.

Diversity, inclusion and sustainability will be cornerstones of the event, continuing the momentum established in previous years.

“When New Zealand Fashion Week started all those years ago, nobody thought that we’d make it to year two, never mind build an event which transformed the industry, especially with regards to diversity, inclusion and sustainability,” said NZFW founder and managing director Dame Pieter Stewart.

There have been so many defining moments over the past twenty years and I am proud that we have managed to drive real change in the industry.”

As part of the 20th-anniversary celebration, opening night will feature a special Retrospective Show with a selection of designers who have previously shown at New Zealand Fashion Week and been a part of its history, along with footage from years past.

Traditionally trade only, NZFW 2021 will be open to consumers for the first time to give fashion lovers a chance to experience shows including Kate Sylvester, Kathryn Wilson, Hailwood, and Zambesi — plus a very special 20-year Retrospective Show — alongside industry and designer guests.

Additionally, a fan zone will be set up in Aotea Square where the public can view selected shows on a big screen and participate in a number of activities.

“There is no other event in New Zealand that brings our industry together in the way New Zealand Fashion Week does, nor is there an event which provides a platform for designers, make-up artists, stylists, photographers and models to showcase their unique skills and talents to the world,” continued Dame Pieter. “We should not underestimate the power that New Zealand Fashion Week has to influence, promote and celebrate New Zealanders.”

Take a look through 20 years of New Zealand Fashion Weeks shows and talent in the gallery above.

Stay with The Last Fashion Bible for more NZFW news and event information.



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