Cavalier Bremworth Wool Award winner Dayun Lee (right). Image by Stephen Tilley.
Emerging designer Dayun Lee won the Cavalier Bremworth Wool Award at the 2019 iD International Emerging Designer Awards, which included a photo shoot with leading fashion photographer Stephen Tilley. It was the second year in a row premium New Zealand carpet maker Cavalier Bremworth collaborated with iD Dunedin Fashion Week on the award which also included a cash prize of $1000 for the winner.
As you would expect the the award has a wool focus and recognises the designer whose innovative use of wool was exceptional. Cavalier Bremworth want to encourage emerging designers to work with nature’s finest fibre and were impressed by the creative collection of Dayun Lee.
“Using wool offers us endless design opportunities to explore,” says Rochelle Flint, Cavalier Bremworth Group Product & Marketing Manager. “Wool’s structure makes it strong, soft and versatile. Our people are passionate about crafting it into unique and hard-wearing carpet and rugs, just like Dayun has fine-tuned her tailoring ability with wool to present her collection at Dunedin iD.”
Her collection ‘Acente’ draws dual inspiration from WWII military uniforms combined with the 1930s art movement of Picasso and Matisse. She utilised vintage wool sourced from Scotland while based in the UK to study at the London College of Fashion. Originally from South Korea, it was Lee’s first visit to New Zealand for iD and she greatly enjoyed the experience including her shoot at Roselle Farm on Otago Peninsula. The result is a stunning set of photos that showcase both Lee’s clever collection and one of Dunedin’s most scenic locations.
This year was the 20th anniversary of iD Dunedin Fashion Week, which is a fantastic platform for both established and emerging New Zealand and international designers. iD Dunedin is a truly unique event that celebrates innovation and is dedicated to growing a sustainable fashion industry in Dunedin and New Zealand. Their partnerships with the likes of stellar Kiwi businesses such as Cavalier Bremworth allow the event to grow and thrive each year.