Fusion of ballet and fashion for iD show

CARMEN HOULAHAN
Last updated 05:00 16/03/2013

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Ballerinas, brides and blokes in tartan suits shared the catwalk at Dunedin's iD Fashion show on Friday night.

The ballerinas, from the Royal New Zealand Ballet, were led down the 120m catwalk by a violinist who was accompanied by members of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra playing Swan Lake. Their performance, a New Zealand first, celebrated designer Tamsin Cooper's collection Anniversary, created in honour of the 60 years the ballet company has been operating.

The was just one of the highlights at this year’s event. British celebrity milliner Stephen Jones showed off a collection of his hats that ranged from plastic windmills to flamboyant peacock feathers to golden Cleopatra-like crowns.

Top New Zealand evening-wear designer Yvonne Bennetti showed a collection of formal gowns and wedding dresses.

NOM*d was back again with a wearable collection. No degree was needed to work out how to wear the clothes: they were colourful and street ready.

Charmaine Reveley continued to impress with floral dresses, very cool leggings that looked like they were made of suede and leather and an elegant blue dress with sparkles spread through the fabric.

Carlson and NOM*d dressed the models for Stephen Jones’ hat collection. Even though the hats were avant-garde and detailed, Carlson saved her best dresses until last: they were stunning.

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