Lost crafts revived

Design: Georgia Ferguson, 21

Image: Emily Hlavac Green

 

Recreating the lost arts of handweaving, embroidery and knitting combined with collaborations, innovative fabrics, upcycling, and colour define the inspiring emerging designer collections chosen for next year’s 15th Anniversary of iD Dunedin Fashion Week.
 
Four stand-out fashion graduate collections from the Otago Polytechnic School of Design have been selected from a field of 16 on display at the recent Collections 13 runway show to launch their careers at next year’s iD Dunedin Fashion Show on Friday 4 April and Saturday 5 April 2014.
 
Justine Tindley, 41 (Dunedin), Lauren Arthur, 23 (Dunedin) Georgia Ferguson, 21 (Dunedin, now living in Auckland), and Hannah Heslop, 20 (Christchurch) will showcase their final-year collections alongside high-profile New Zealand fashion designers, international and national guests, and emerging international designers.

 

Since 2002, the event has included a special section for graduate designers – attracting top talent from Dunedin’s prestigious fashion school.

 

Design: Lauren Arthur, 23
Image: Emily Hlavac Green

One of this year’s selectors, Dunedin-based fashion designer and iD committee member Charmaine Reveley, who was chosen to show at iD as a new graduate in the inaugural 2002 year, says while choosing this year’s graduates was a tough decision, the four collections stood out in their creativity and quality.  
 
“This year’s selections are going to surprise and inspire iD audiences,” she says.
 
“The graduates have taken some amazing old techniques and redefined them – bringing them back to life and making them contemporary. It’s all about texture, shape and silhouette.”   

Tickets can be purchased at TicketDirect venues (including the Regent Theatre, Dunedin), Ph 0800 4 TICKET or online at www.ticketdirect.co.nz. A booking fee applies.

 

 

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