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Dunedin's fashion week deadlines due

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 15/10/2016

Kiwi fashion designers are being encouraged to take part in next year's iD Dunedin Fashion Week, which is freshening up.

Cherry Lucas, chair of the organising committee, says there'll be a new look to the week in March with a fresh perspective provided by new organisers.

The trust behind the event made a small financial loss in 2016 but Auckland-born, London-based designer Emilia Wickstead, whose designs are worn by Kate Middleton, provided plenty of excitement.

The catwalk show, set up on the platform of Dunedin Railway Station, will be in its 18th year in 2017 and the iD International Emerging Designer Awards held the night before at Dunedin Town Hall will be the 13th.

New Zealand designers are being encouraged to come forward to show their designs.

"The 2016 show had an incredibly high standard of designers, including many new faces to iD and we are looking to build on this by attracting new talent, alongside our much-loved long-standing designers," Ms Lucas said.

"Two years out from our 20th anniversary, iD is in a strong creative position, continuing to grow and attract new partnerships and talent. Designers wanting to be involved in next year's event need to register their interest now."

iD Fashion Show submissions must be received by October 31 while emerging designers have a bit longer with applications due by November 30.

The award show provides a platform for rising local and international fashion design talent to showcase their collections and gain further professional catwalk experience and networking opportunities.

This year each finalist was picked up by Not Just A Label - the world's largest online platform for emerging designers.

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