Kiwi fashion designers looking to show at New Zealand’s premier retail fashion event – iD Dunedin Fashion Week – are being invited to apply now to secure their spot in the must-see iD Fashion Show held on Friday March 24 and Saturday March 25 at Dunedin’s historic Railway Station.

Heading into its 18th year, iD Dunedin Fashion Week looks set to impress with a week of unique and exciting fashion events, which will run from March 18-26, 2017.

The popular fashion week, supported by premier funder the Dunedin City Council, will include talks by prestigious overseas guests – yet to be revealed – international collaborations, catwalk shows, and retail events. It culminates in the prestigious 13thannual iD International Emerging Designer Awards held on Thursday March 23rd, and the highly popular iD Fashion Shows along one of the world’s longest catwalks on the platform of Dunedin Railway Station.

High profile and emerging Kiwi designers are being asked to submit portfolios for the hugely popular public fashion event. Fashion designers interested in participating must be commercially producing directional adult fashion. Links to Dunedin– such as retailing in the city, or having lived or studied in Dunedin – are not compulsory, but will be taken into account. Selections are made by industry professionals based on the designer portfolios submitted.

iD Dunedin Fashion Week Committee Chair Cherry Lucas says next year’s event will present a new-look to the week, building on the success of past achievements, but with a fresh perspective provided by new organisers.

“The 2016 show had an incredibly high standard of designers, including many new faces to iD and we are looking to build on this by attracting new talent, alongside our much-loved long-standing designers. Two years out from our 20th anniversary, iD is in a strong creative position, continuing to grow and attract new partnerships and talent. Designers wanting to be involved in next year’s event need to register their interest now.”

Online applications are also open for next year’s iD International Emerging Designer Awards, to be held in Dunedin onThursday March 23rd. Now in its 13th year, top cash prizes are on offer for this prestigious competition, which provides an international platform for rising local and international fashion design talent to showcase their innovative collections and gain further professional catwalk experience and networking opportunities.

Finalists have access to high profile established and emerging designers, a supportive professional environment and a judging panel made up of industry experts – which in the past has included leading designers such as UK-based Kiwi designer Emilia Wickstead, UK milliner Stephen Jones and Paris-based designers Martin Grant and Lutz Huelle, alongside fashion gurus such as Not Just A Label founder Stefan Siegel, US vintage fashion queen Doris Raymond, the UK’s Hilary Alexander, and Australia’s Nicholas Huxley, Patty Huntington, Glynis Traill-Nash and Karen Webster.

Top prizes of NZ$6000 for First Place, NZ$4000 for Second Place and NZ$2000 for Third Place are on offer, alongside other cash and special prizes, including what will likely become a much sought after internship with designer Emilia Wickstead, established this year while Wickstead was in Dunedin for iD 2016.

“This is an exceptional opportunity for emerging designers looking to show their collections on a world stage, advance their career and experience a range of networking opportunities,” says Dr Margo Barton, Professor of Fashion at the Otago Polytechnic School of Design, which is a major sponsor of the Awards.

“The iD Awards is an important event on the world fashion calendar, particularly for the new generation of fashion designers. All our finalists get to meet and be critiqued by some of the world’s leading fashion notables, and this year, each finalist was picked up by Not Just A Label – the world’s largest online platform for emerging designers. With an internship with Emilia Wickstead up for grabs, alongside cash prizes and other prizes yet to be announced, I encourage emerging designers to apply now.”Read more | bridesmaid dresses