What to do at iD Dunedin Fashion Week


iD International Emerging Designer Awards 2015 winner Steve Hall’s collection on the runway.

Dunedin is the focus of New Zealand’s fashion scene this week as iD Dunedin Fashion Week 2016 is underway until Sunday. We’re in Dunedin to experience the shows, events and excitement of the week and will be reporting on all the runway action and news from the front row. If you’re in Dunedin or heading down for iD here’s our guide of the highlights of the week and not to be missed events.

iD International Emerging Designer Awards
The iD International Emerging Designer Awards is New Zealand’s largest fashion design competition and is a major highlight on the iD Dunedin Fashion Week calendar. Presented in partnership with the Otago Polytechnic, the event gives thirty finalists the opportunity to present their collections and and compete for cash prizes, internships and other benefits on offer to the winners. The finalists will be selected from a field of over 90 applications from some of the world’s most prestigious design schools and we can’t wait to see what they bring to the runway.

Thursday 17th March. Doors open 6:30pm, Starts 7:30pm, Dunedin Town Hall, Seats from $65 through Ticket Direct (Booking fees apply).

iD Dunedin Fashion Show
Tickets for this event sell out quickly as it sees some of  the best labels from Dunedin and around New Zealand present their collections alongside national guest Kate Sylvester and international guest Emilia Wickstead. The iD Dunedin Fashion Show also features emerging talent from Otago Polytechnic and the winners of the iD International Emerging Designer Awards.

Friday 18th and Saturday 19th March. Doors open 6:30pm, Starts 8:00pm, Dunedin Railway Station, Tickets from $75 via Ticket Direct (booking fees apply).

Kate Sylvester talks Art and Fashion
Kate Sylvester has always had an intellectual and artistic take on fashion and this year she is the national guest designer for iD Dunedin Fashion Week. She will be discussing the impact that art has had on her evocative collections throughout the past 22 years. From collections such as Take a Hike, When Jackson met Claire, The Kiss and Art Groupie through to her most recent collection ‘A Muse,’ she will uncover how her conceptual collections are developed and give insight into a creative process that is central to the brand’s eccentric and elegant allure.

Friday 18th March, 12.00pm, Auditorium, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Gold coin donation.


Margarita Robinson of NOM*d. Image from iD Dunedin Fashion Week.

Margarita Robinson 3.33.12
Margarita Robertson is the celebrated director of NOM*d and the founder of Plume stores, the Margarita Robertson: 3.33.12 exhibition celebrates her personal style with a curated display of 12 looks drawn from her private wardrobe. The exhibition also features footage of the fashion collections that many of the garments originated from and the cities that have inspired her selection.

Supported by Deloitte.

17 March – 18 April, Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Free entry.

An Audience with Emilia Wickstead
Emilia Wickstead is a New Zealand born, London-based designer who is a regular on the London Fashion Week runway. She will be interviewed by Dr Margo Barton, Academic leader of Otago Polytechnic’s Fashion at the School of Design and member of the iD Dunedin fashion committee There will be a Q&A to follow.

Thursday 17th March, 12.00pm, Dunedin Public Art Gallery Auditorium, Gold coin donation

An Audience with Stefan Siegal
iD special guest Stefan Siegel from the world’s leading emerging designer platform, Not Just A Label will be interviewed by Good magazine editor and long-time fashion writer Carolyn Enting.

Thursday 17th March, 3pm, Dunedin Public Art Gallery Auditorium, Gold coin donation

Best Dressed
Go on a behind-the-scenes tour of Otago Museum’s textile collection with collections staff. Learn how they store and care for their fashion garments and get a sneak peek at pieces that aren’t normally on display.

Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th March 12.00pm and 1.00pm, Otago Museum, Free, Bookings essential.

See the full iD Dunedin Fashion Week calendar here.

Steve Hall image by Chris Sullivan – Seen in Dunedin.


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