2021 iD International Emerging Designer Awards Finalists Announced!

43 finalist collections from 16 countries have been chosen for iD International Emerging Designer Awards 2021 in partnership with Otago Polytechnic.

The collections are the work of 43 emerging designers who are studying fashion or have completed their study within the last five years. They were chosen from more than 150 applications from 27 countries. The successful designers must now submit a video of their garments, which will be shown to an international judging panel before the winners are announced at a gala movie premiere and runway show at Otago Museum on Saturday 19 June.

iD International Emerging Designer Awards, head judge and fashion designer Tanya Carlson, of Carlson, led the panel to select the 43 finalists collections. She was joined by Dunedin designers; Margi Robertson of NOM*d, Donna Tulloch of MildRED and Charmaine Reveley of Charmaine Reveley.

Carlson pointed out that she immediately noticed how global consciousness had influenced the designers’ collections this year.

"You’ve got a certain age group of students from all over the world, but they have very similar threads, whether they’re from Finland or Australia," said Carlson.

While last year the COVID-19 pandemic influenced designers with dark and deep themes, this year the applications shared a common theme of utilitarian, cosy and protective designs. Most of the garments were gender fluid and did not fit particular categories such as evening wear or business attire.

As usual, there’s incredible talent and assessing the entries is a real privilege. It’s inspiring.

This is the 17th year the iD Dunedin Fashion Inc. has presented the Awards. iD International Emerging Designer Awards finalists are competing for First, Second and Third place as well as Most Sustainable Collection and Natural Luxury with Wool awards. For the first time, all 10 New Zealand finalists will be eligible for the new VIVA Best NZ Emerging Designer.

Last year the event was primarily online with a video presentation that was filmed by finalists from around the world in their bedrooms, hallways, local parks and homes during lockdown. Edited by Dunedin’s NHNZ. The video was an incredibly personal insight into the emerging designers, their inspiration and their collections - proving good things come from adversity. The movie will again premiere at the 2021 Awards. It will feature at a gala night of fashion and fun at Otago Museum on Saturday 19th June. The Awards evening will be a chance to frock up, enjoy a runway show featuring the New Zealand finalists collections, see the movie premiere and learn the winners.

“When I saw the incredible submissions for iD 2021, it reminded me that there is nowhere else in the world where edgy and challenging sustainable fashion from some of the most notable institutions internationally are accessible to the public in such a way. ID Dunedin and Otago Polytechnic are excited and feel privileged to create the opportunity for both the designers and the attendees at the live and online events. I just love my job," expressed Professor of Fashion, Otago Polytechnic and iD Dunedin Fashion Inc. Chair Dr Margo Barton.

The 43 Finalists are:

  • Cindy Alhadeff and Martina Pavia, 'No-Made', Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo, UBA, Argentina
  • Geroge Borrie, 'Muse', Southern Institute of Technology, New Zealand
  • Kerry Brack, 'Objet Trouve', University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Gisella Candi, 'Wide Angle Smile', University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Elodie Cazier, 'Not that they come alive in her; it is her who lives in them', ArtEZ University of arts, France
  • Sahil Chaudhary, 'Labyrinth', National Institute of Fashion Technology, India
  • Karis Zanetta Cheng, 'Where Are You From?', University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Justin Mengzhe Chi, 'Put On - Take Off', Fashion Institute of Technology, USA
  • Tsai Feng Chou, 'Goldfish Unknown', Shih Chien University, Taiwan
  • Chloe Christie, 'Suited', University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Jasmin Erb, 'Untitled, 2021', University of Arts Berlin, Germany
  • Taylor Groves and Emma Jing-Cornall, 'February 2021 Collaboration', Massey University, New Zealand
  • Romana Haake, 'Coding Paradise', University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, Germany
  • Jordan Harris, '[Re]construct', Massey University, New Zealand
  • Jing He, 'Assimilation // Annexation', Massey University, New Zealand
  • Ina Hill, 'Embody', Massey University, New Zealand
  • Oscar Keene, 'Fluid', RMIT, Australia
  • Sally Jackson, 'The Bowebirds', University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Grace Kelly, 'Eidê', Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Sara Kickmayer, 'Real Utopia', Institut Français de la Mode, France
  • Ester Kubisz, 'Unreal City', Ravensbourne, United Kingdom
  • Taliah Leslie, 'Dreamers', Pratt Institute, United States of America
  • Jingshi Liu, 'Liu Jingzhi', College of Fashion and Design, Donghua University, China
  • Shiyu Liu, 'Cheng Shi', Donghua University, China
  • Yu-Wen Liu, 'Revolution Orbita', Shih Chien University, Taiwan
  • Karel Martinez, 'Karel', Polimoda, Italy
  • Jennifer Milleder, 'Flora Magnifica', University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria
  • Margarita Ng and Cristina Ng, '2x1 = Split Identities/Personalities Different But Same', Fashion Institute of Technology, United States of America
  • Lydia Paine, 'Mother & Mode', Massey University, New Zealand
  • Taylor Pumphrey, 'Tangible' Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand
  • Alesha Pyers, 'Audacity to Art', Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand
  • Kristal Roberts, 'Rethread', Massey University Wellington, New Zealand
  • Olivia Rubens, 'Duplicitous Lives', London College of Fashion, Canada
  • Lora Ryan, 'New Zeal', Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand
  • Alessandro Santi, 'Morphed Up', University fo Applied Arts Vienna, Austria
  • Anna Sarasoja, 'Study of Shapes', Aalto University, Finland
  • Cecile Schou Grønbeck, ‘A Soft Warrior’, Royal Danish Academy, Denmark
  • Namrata Surana, ‘Wildflower Mornings’, Accademia di Costume e di Moda, India
  • Min-Yan Tsai, '天照花塚 Flourish Tumulus', Shih Chien University, Taiwan
  • Karina Vodovoz, ‘Future Past’, Shenkar, Israel
  • Xizhu Wu, ‘Shuang’. University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Zhu-Luo Xiao, ‘Dedicated to my Parents’, Shih Chien Fashion Department, Taiwan
  • Shuyu Yue, ‘Me’,  College of Fashion and Design, Donghua University, China

To read about each collection, click here.

Related: iD Dunedin Fashion Week

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