New Zealand Fashion Week’s 2020 event has been postponed. Image via Getty Images.
New Zealand Fashion Week‘s 2020 event was due to take place in late August but has been postponed indefinitely as a result of COVID-19. Dame Pieter Stewart, founder of New Zealand Fashion Week, announced the decision today after consultation with local designers, and in consideration of recent public health developments.
“We want to make the right decision that supports the wonderful creative industry, designers and partners who are very close to us,” says Dame Pieter Stewart. “Individually, many of them are hurting already – and I wish each one of them the best during this trying time. I have no doubt in my mind that we will come out of this stronger – we need to look out for each other, love and care for our colleagues, and look for new ways to reinvent ourselves in the future.”
New Zealand Fashion Week would still like to utilise it’s current plan to hold the event at Auckland Town Hall and Aotea Square in future and is working on trying to find the right date to make that happen once normality has returned in NZ. At this stage no further decision has been made in terms of timing or event format, although organisers stress further decisions will be made in full consultation with the local fashion community.
“We will use this time to sharpen what we already have planned and streamline our approach. The fashion industry will bounce back, and we will be ready. Our unwavering support for our local designers has not dimmed, and we look forward to celebrating the 20th anniversary of New Zealand Fashion Week when the time is right.”