An Italian-based designer has won the top prize at the iD International Emerging Designer Awards and an internship with Australia’s Martin Grant in Paris is being offered to an entrant from India.
The show of 26 collections from emerging designers filled Dunedin Town Hall on Thursday ahead of the iD Fashion Week show at Dunedin Railway Station on Friday and Saturday.
Teheran-born Mahshid Mahdian, 36, from Brera Academy in Milan won the $10,000 top award with her collection, Shadow, inspired by the shadows and reflections of Burano Island in Venice.
Shadow impressed the judges with its bold geometrical shapes, diverse cuts and innovative technologies.
The judging panel also awarded Vaibhav Singh, 27, from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, India, an opportunity of an internship with Grant in Paris.
“We saw so much talent in many of the finalists, but for me, Vaibhav Singh really stood out for his craftsmanship and potential as a designer,” Grant said.
“I hope he is able to take up the offer of an internship in Paris.”
Grant, who last year unveiled his new designer uniforms for Qantas staff modelled by supermodel Miranda Kerr, is showing his latest spring-summer collection, which draws inspiration from an encounter between women’s swimwear from the 30s and Russian ballet dancers, at the fashion week.
New Zealand labels WORLD, NOM*d, Tanya Carlson, Mild-Red, Company of Strangers, Charmaine Reveley, Tamsin Cooper and DADA Vintage are also supporting the fashion week, which adds about $1.8 million to Dunedin’s economy each year.
The emerging designer show is a highlight of the week and the winner’s collection is included in the weekend show.
Alanna Barca, 22, and Chin Hau Tay, 22, both from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology were second and third respectively.
Anna-Marie Gruber, 22, from University of Technology Sydney, won an award for excellence in design, while the New Zealand light leathers prize went to Lucilla Gray, 22, of Massey University.
A prize for most commercial collection went to Mook Attakanwong, 22, from University of Technology Sydney.