Australian Fashion Gurus to Judge ID International Emerging Designer Awards

Karen Webster and Glynis Traill-Nash will be part of the judging panel of this year’s iD International Emerging Designer Awards 2013.


       Karen Webster


Glynis Traill-Nash

Photo credit: Dieu Tan


The high profile pair – who will join UK celebrity milliner Stephen Jones on the prestigious judging panel – follow a proud tradition of judges for the awards, including Hilary Alexander, Nicholas Huxley and designers Lutz Huelle, Zandra Rhodes, Akira Isogawa and our own Margi Robertson (NOM*d) and Tanya Carlson.

Both judges have extensive experience and are highly regarded in the Australian fashion industry. Associate Professor Karen Webster – the Deputy Head of Fashion and Textiles at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology – has been a key player in Australian’s fashion industry for more than 30 years, as a fashion designer, academic, board director and five years as the Festival Director of the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival.

Webster’s knowledge and experience across many aspects of the industry, including consumer analysis, design directions and cultural trends, makes her a highly sought-after public speaker and consultant. In 2010, she was appointed as the first female Board Director of Australia’s premier fashion industry body, the Textile and Fashion Industry Association (TFIA) and Chair of the Australian Fashion Council. She has also served as a board member on numerous government committees and advisory boards.

“The iD Awards are an exciting fashion competition and show how a small city like Dunedin can have a local element in terms of its own finalists but also a huge global impact,” says Karen Webster.


2012 winner – Carolina Barua, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia.


Fashion writer and commentator Glynis Traill-Nash has become a front-row fixture at fashion shows and events, and has covered fashion weeks in New York, Paris, Milan, Berlin and Auckland. Traill-Nash was most recently fashion editor at The Sunday Telegraph, she has written for a variety of publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun Herald, Grazia and In Style, and has become a regular media spokesperson across radio and television, including appearances on Project Runway, Today, The Morning Show and A Current Affair.

"I'm thrilled to be heading to Dunedin for the first time to see the line-up of emerging designers from around the world vie for style supremacy, and to help them get a foothold in the industry."

iD Dunedin Fashion Week committee member and fashion lecturer Dr Margo Barton says they are delighted to have such high calibre judges, which will provide excellent insight for the finalists.

“To meet and discuss their work with such high profile industry experts is an incredible opportunity for our 31 finalists. Whether they are placed or not, being a finalist at such a prestigious event and the networking they can do while they are here is invaluable for their careers.”

iD International Emerging Designer Awards will be held on Thursday 14 March. Tickets can be purchased at TicketDirect venues (including the Regent Theatre, Dunedin), Ph 0800 4 TICKET or online at A booking fee applies.


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