NZ Fashion Week Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

New Zealand Fashion Week returns this year to celebrate its 20th anniversary with a packed schedule of events occurring between Monday 23rd August – Sunday 29th August.

Returning to the iconic Aotea Square and Auckland Town Hall, the traditionally trade-only show will be open to consumers. To give fashion lovers a chance to experience New Zealand Fashion Week alongside industry and designer guests, iTicket will offer a limited number of hosting packages to selected shows including Kate Sylvester, Kathryn Wilson, Hailwood and Zambesi as well as the very special 20-year Retrospective Show. To extend the experience further, a fan zone will be set up in Aotea Square where the public can view selected shows on a big screen and participate in a number of activities.

After the postponement of New Zealand Fashion Week last year due to COVID-19, the return of this iconic event has been highly anticipated by the wider industry. There has also been a resurgence of the appreciation of what New Zealand Fashion Week does for the local industry.

There have been so many defining moments over the past twenty years and I am proud that we have managed to drive real change in the industry. When New Zealand Fashion Week started all those years ago, nobody thought that we’d make it to year two, never mind build an event which transformed the industry, especially with regards to diversity, inclusion and sustainability.

As part of the 20th-anniversary celebration, opening night will feature a special Retrospective Show with a selection of designers who have previously shown at New Zealand Fashion Week and been a part of its history, along with footage from years past. A unique and commemorative logo has also been designed to pay tribute to the significant milestone.

Sponsor support for the 20th edition of NZFW has been immense with a number of key sponsors already confirmed. This year will also see Auckland Unlimited and Heart of the City play a key role in bringing the event to life.

New Zealand Fashion Week runs from Monday, August 23rd until the close of Fashion Weekend on Sunday, August 29th.