The 32 finalists for this years iD International Emerging Designer Awards from 14 countries filmed themselves and their collections on their phones, in their bedrooms, on their balconies - you name it.
These videos were then edited into a wonderful film by NHNZ that provides an intimate and personal look at the emerging finalists as they explain their designs and inspirations for their collections.
iD International Emerging Designer Awards WINNERS
Stina Randestad's collection ' Hybrids' swapped the design order to put fabric first.
Randestad believes she has demonstrated individuality in each outfit and generated a bold expression with new ideas. Her design process began with the question - what happens when different materials are put together?
Through trial and error, she discovered two fabric manipulation techniques that she continued working with; sewing stretchy thick materials and cutting and layering. These new materials generated movement and expression when they were draped upon many bodies and from this exercise Stina was able to decide how the fabrics would work best in garments, switching the usual process.
The judges commented on how Randestad's collection was subliminal and outstanding. The approach was exciting and the amazing use of fabrics and manipulation of the fabrics created unexpected results. The pieces showed incredible movement with stunning textures - it was playful, modern and original.
Shrinvanti Roymoulik from RMIT University, Melbourne showcased her collection: Flowing Rhythm.
Roymoulik's Flowing Rhythm collection stems from research around art therapy which explores the principles of rhythm and repetition. She then considered how rhythm and repetition manifest in textile and garment making.
Textile art is formed through a process that generates responses in a body, with repetition eventually creating flow in design, which in turn becomes a reflective state of existence.
Judges commented about how the collection was beautiful, mystical, ethereal and historical. It makes you want to know more, to touch, wear and inspect how each piece was made. They were also impressed with the sustainable sourcing of waste denim along with how wearable yet fashion-forward the collection was.
Marlena Czak, from Strzemiński Academy of Fine Arts, Łódź, Poland showcased her collection: Why me, why me.
Czak's intention was to use design to contrast sacred and profane. Therefore “Why me, why me" contains unique fabrics, as well as ready-to-wear patterns.
Needle felting with fabric cuttings is the designer's own invention. This technique allowed her to make unique, double-faced fabrics. The left side is full of small after-production cuttings which she puts on the fabric and then pricks with a needle. The right side has fluffy fibres-embroidery.
The technique gives a mix of different fibres and colours creating new visual effects.
All this creates a vibrant effect taking about 3000 hours to prepare fabrics for the collection.
The judges commented on their love for the shapes the garments created - it is intriguing and unexpected. The collection had great silhouettes with imaginative presentation and the creation of the fabric was obviously the star of the show.
The judges have spoken, it's your turn to vote. The iD International Emerging Designer in the Otago Polytechnic People's Choice is yet to be crowned.