iD International Emerging Designer Awards were announced in March to go digital this year. With the Awards presented by Otago Polytechnic as a virtual experience allowed the event to go ahead. After foreseeing the virtual event, event organisers have noted that the virtual online format may offer a more sustainable way for them to host awards in the future.
The winners for the iD International Emerging Designer Awards for 2020 will be announced on Friday the 7th of August 2020. However, finalists are not expected to travel to Dunedin for the announcement. The announcement will be hosted in The Hub at Otago Polytechnic where it will be an evening to view the videos presented by the finalists, announce the winners as well as celebrating emerging fashion designers.
As the event has gone virtual, it meant that there was a wider selection of fashion taken from New Zealand and abroad that could take part. The travel expenses were significantly taken out of the equation for many that were entering. Along with a wider range of entries meant there could also be a more global judging panel this year too.
The panel is led by head judge Tanya Carlson with the following judges on board:
- Donna Tulloch, Mild Red (New Zealand)
- Margarita Robertson, NOM*d (New Zealand)
- Wynn Crawshaw, Wynn Hamlin (New Zealand)
- Fiona Ralph, sustainability journalist and former iD International Emerging Designer
Awards finalist (New Zealand)
- Stiofán Sopelza, Mittelmoda Fashion Awards Project Manager Mittelmoda (Italy)
- Sara Maino, New Talents Editor of Vogue Italia (Italy)
- Stefan Siegel, Director Not Just a Label (USA)
- Adrien Yakimov Roberts, International Director at Grad Fashion Week in London (UK)
- Stephen Jones, Stephen Jones Millinery (UK)
- Lutz Huelle, LUTZ (France)
- Patty Huntington, fashion journalist ABC Australia and WWD (Australia)
- Denise L'Estrange-Corbet, WORLD (New Zealand)
- Doris de Pont, New Zealand Fashion Museum (New Zealand)
- Doris Raymond, The Way We Wore (USA)
- Sara Munro, Company of Strangers (New Zealand)
The panel will judge from a video edited by NHNZ Media - they are created from videos that designers took on their mobile phones all during lockdown. Along with the video viewing, the panel will review photos of the garments, design statements and each designer's written application.
There is also a chance for the public to vote for their favourite designer. On Saturday the 8th of August, Otago Polytechnic will be hosting a People's Choice Awards via online voting from around the world.
Tanya Carlson says applicants designs were submitted early this year before the global Covid-19 pandemic but even so, the panel noted that their fashion reflected their observations on challenges
faced by the world.
“It was wonderful to see young people thinking creatively of a way to help out. Collectively they showed outstanding use of recycled fabric, clever upcycling and embraced new technologies. There was also an overall trend to tell their own story through references to their ethnicity and culture which was explored with beautiful, sensitive design.”