Finalists Announced for Emerging Designer Awards

AUT graduate collection from Nicola Luey, iD Dunedin Fashion Week Emerging Designer Awards Finalist.

Finalists for the iD Fashion Week Emerging Designer Awards have been announced, having narrowed 150 entries down to 39 finalists. New Zealand has 10 finalists in the awards, hailing from Auckland University of Technology, Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, Massey University and Otago Polytechnic. International finalists include entrants from around the globe, with 1o different countries participating.

"Visually the collections will amaze crowds with bold colours, innovative techniques, detailing, hand-made lace and fabrics, and inspiring creativity," said Tanya Carlson, judge, iD Fashion Week Emerging Designer Awards.

Joining the judging panel this year is New Zealand-born designer Emilia Wickstead, who has designed for big names including the Duchess of Cambrige. Wickstead will also showcase a selection from her previous two AW collections at the main iD Dunedin Fashion Week Event, which include several couture pieces worn on the red carped by international celebrities.

“Emilia Wickstead’s chic and elegant designs have created an international following and we’re delighted to have her back in her home country showing at iD. From her very latest pieces from London Fashion Week, to couture garments worn on the world’s red carpets, iD audiences will enjoy a spectacular fashion experience,” said Cherry Lucas, committee chair, iD Fashion Week.

The full list of finalists are:

New Zealand

Auckland University of Technology: Tia Feng, Nicola Luey

Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, Auckland: Benjamin Farry, Kingkang Chen

Massey University, Wellington: Sarah Parker, Sophie Collier

Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin: Andrea Short, Brittany Pooley, Shelby Tuinman-Bell, Sophie Ball


Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology: Alice Kennedy

The Fashion Design Studio, Ultimo TAFE, Sydney: Demetra Kakopieros, Mat Lee, Yousef Akbar

University of Technology, Sydney: Alix Higgins, Alexandra Lane, Cherry Luk, Hannah Kim, Ilham Ismail, Lucy Virgona, Madeleine Hogan, Panayota Theodore, Stephanie Frig, Yan Zhou

Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane: Alice Waterhouse, Jordan Anderson

Curtin University, Bentley: Rose Church, Jessica Nella


Shanghai University of Engineering Science/Sino-French Institute of Fashion Design: Chen Yi


NABA (Nuova Academia di Belle Arti), Milano: Başak Cansin Ersöz


Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts: Darlene Law

Temasek Polytechnic: Xie QianQian


UBA University of Buenos Aires: Catalina Villarraza


LCI Barcelona: Beatriz Del Olmo Marrero

United Kingdom

Winchester School of Art: Sun Lam

London College of Fashion: Gerda Satunas


Bunkagakuen University, Tokyo: Yuta Hikino

Hong Kong

Raffles International College: Vivian Wong


Pearl Academy: Shaivyya Gupta

iD Fashion Week will run from 12-20 March.