Three agencies to line up on the catwalk

iD model casting in Dunedin last year.
iD model casting in Dunedin last year.

Dunedin Fashion Week has confirmed it is using models from three agencies for this year's iD runway show and that there is a chance there will be some international models on the catwalk this year.

This was yet to be confirmed, organisers said.

iD announced last year it would open casting to other agencies and individual models.

This week the committee said as a result of the casting it had selected models from ICAN Models and Talent, Clyne Model Management and the well-known Ali McD Aart Agency.

Two models from an open casting session were also successful. Aaron Power and Ruby Cameron, both from Dunedin, will be modelling in the iD Fashion Shows at the Dunedin Railway Station.

About 60 models will feature in the shows. Some will model at the iD International Emerging designer awards, some at the iD Fashion Show at Dunedin Railway Station, and some will do all shows.

iD Fashion said by opening up the casting it was an opportunity for budding models from around New Zealand to get noticed by some of the industry's best and gain invaluable experience.

"Models who have walked iD's professional runway shows, which include the longest runway (120 metres) in the Southern Hemisphere at Dunedin's historic railway station, have gone on to model internationally," it said.

Veteran iD model sponsor Ali McD Aart principal Aliana McDaniel, who has until now held exclusive modelling rights to fashion week events, said the change was partly her idea, and she supported it fully.

McDaniel said she believed it was time the opportunity to model at iD was broadened to give models from other agencies and schools the opportunity. It also relieved her of the financial pressure of sponsoring and the demands of finding suitable models to fill runway spots each year, she said. "Competition is good. It keeps the models on their toes."

She was pleased 40 out of the 50 that auditioned from her agency, which recently partnered with Aart hair studio, had made it into the lineup.

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