Highly Anticipated Young Designer Award Show Reacts to Coronavirus Outbreak

The Coronavirus epidemic has affected every individual globally. This time, we see the much anticipated annual iD International Emerging Designer Awards that are held in Dunedin to be reevaluated for this year.

The uncertainty around the virus coupled with the task of international travel needed for designers and their team sparks potential risk for participants, judges, audiences alike. With 17 countries involved with this year's awards, organisers of the iD International Emerging Designer Awards have moved online.

"Our judging panel will assess garments from designer statements, drawings, photos and video. Then we'll work with the incredible talent at Dunedin's NHNZ to create a digital production showcasing the talent of these young designers from throughout the world in a sustainable manner," said iD Board Co-chair and iD Dunedin Fashion Creative Director, Dr Margo Barton.

The iD International Emerging Designer Awards video produced by NHNZ will be premiered at Otago Museum as a part of its 'Fashion Forward >> Disruption Through Design' exhibition in early May. The winners will be announced on Friday the 5th of June at an event in Dunedin.

Making this show online has removed all uncertainty for applicants who were needing to travel to Dunedin to participate. The show will continue to celebrate young designers and their talents, showing the Kiwi ingenuity of problem-solving.