In collaboration with HITO – the Hair and Beauty Industry Training Organisation – New Zealand Fashion Week has announced a new competition engineered to help young creative kiwis get a foot in the door.

“Creating opportunities for emerging talent in the fashion industry is important to NZFW. Every year we look for ways to support new designers and we created a similar competition in 2010,” said NZFW Managing Director Dame Pieter Stewart.

NZFW and HITO are looking for five finalists from across NZ in each of the five categories of Hair/Barbering, Makeup Artist, Fashion Stylist, Female Model, Male Model. Entries are open to up and coming talent. In the hair category this includes those who have less than two years in an apprenticeship or working in a salon, or those completely new to the industry. Those who have completed a full time course are not eligible. Entrants in the other categories are open to anyone that has not been involved in New Zealand Fashion Week in any capacity.

As part of the HITO Hot New Talent competition the top 15 finalists will be paired with an industry leader from their chosen profession and will work with them as an intern for at least three months following NZFW.

“We know this concept works, with all the winners from our 2010 talent competition going on to work in their chosen industry. We want talented kiwis who think they have what it takes to put themselves on the line and get involved,” said NZFW brand manager Myken Stewart.