iD Dunedin Fashion Week crowns its 2016 winners
A young designer's collection featuring a global flag design print took the top gong at the iD Dunedin International Emerging Designer Awards tonight.
Jordan Anderson, from the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, won the top award – the H&J First Prize ($6000) – for his sportswear collection complete with innovative fabric technology, heat transfer techniques and its own "fresh" global flag design print.
His collection, Global Citizen, tells the story of the designer's creative journey during an international exchange program visiting 14 countries across the world. It features a unique flag print, alongside oversized 90s-inspired sportswear created in high-tech arts fabric using cutting-edge technology.
The second and third place winners also hailed from the University of Technology – this time from Sydney. Two young designers from New Zealand also took out prizes – Sophie Ball, a 22-year-old graduate from Otago Polytechnic, won Dunedin's Golden Centre Mall Most Commercial Collection Prize ($1000), while the ZM and Viva Editorial Prize for the best NZ collection went to Kingkang Chen, 24, a graduate of Whitecliffe College.
In special recognition of the third place winner's collection, New Zealand-born designer (and international guest judge) Emilia Wickstead, awarded young designer Stephanie Frig, of Sydney, a unique design internship. Wickstead told Stuff she was impressed by Frig's work, particularly her exceptional fabric technology and craftsmanship.
Frig's collection, All About Nagymama Autumn/Winter 2016, is inspired by the over adorned and excessive nature of the 1980s films created by Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar and elderly women in their Sunday best.
Featuring handmade techniques such as hand-dyed latch hooking and laser-cut plasticised varnished fabrication, the collection takes elements of everyday clothing and imbues them with a theatrical, exuberant aesthetic, reflecting feverish desire unleashed.
"It was innovative, and wearable while pushing boundaries. I could see where the collection was going. I could see myself wearing her pieces," said the London-based designer who has made a name for herself dressing celebrities on the red carpet. Kate Middleton wore a Emilia Wickstead dress during a visit to New Zealand, and is one of Wickstead's most well-known clients.
After graduating from the prestigious London St Martins College, Wickstead interned with Giorgio Armani. She told Stuff: "I have a lot of interns but she will be my first design intern. I'm a strong believer that New Zealanders and Australians have a very strong and determined work ethic, and that's how I grew up. It's like looking at how I started."
"Overall the judging was very difficult because of the diversity of collections and high quality of work," said judge Tanya Carlson. "This year, there was a lot of introversion in the collections and personal storytelling and the way the finalists told these stories was with such originality – through colour, silhouette, and there are many other stunning collections that weren't placed."
Sophie Ball's collection, Welcome to Sophie's World, is inspired by the Lochness Monster and the Abominable Snowman – Locky and Snowy feature on digitally printed fabrics, screen prints and quilted pieces that are each individually free-motion quilted.
Backstage, Otago University fashion Professor Margo Barton and a team of students were in charge of managing the awards, while Dunedin-based salon Klone Hair, led by Danelle and Karl Radel created the runway hair creations. Fashion looks for the models – which this year included 10 international models from the University of Shanghai Engineering Science alongside models from Ali Mcd Agency– were created by a Revlon-sponsored makeup team.
* Kate Sylvester talks art and fashion, Dunedin Public Art Gallery Auditorium, 12pm, Friday March 18
* iD Fashion Show, Dunedin Railway Station, Saturday night, 8pm.
Presented by MCs Paula Penfold and Mike McRoberts, top Kiwi fashion labels present their collections alongside national guest judge Kate Sylvester, international guest Emilia Wickstead, and emerging talent from here and around the world.