Following my last post about the iD Emerging Designer Awards in Dunedin, here is (finally) part two… and some of my favourite collections from the show.
Monique Duggan, Optic.
Manikandan Vasudevan, The Gold Dust.
Shea Cameron, Re-seeing.
I love this coat, it is so like the wings of a giant beetle, and so very wearable.
Jessie Kiely, Fashion Baggage.
This collection was so stunning, the garments had a surreal elegance despite the volume of of the textile.
Felicity Gleeson, Trace.
Qi Ye, Moving Buildings.
This collection was so futuristic, I love it. Kind of like what I’d imagine a contemporary costume designer would create for Logan’s Run.
Jillian Boustred, Undercurrent.
Tara Gurisik, Leisure Seven.
Yi Ming, Fusion.
These too, were beautiful, that silver skirt was like liquid metal.
Erica Deluchi, Holonymy.
Kelsi Bennett, Jaws of Youth.
Emma Van De Merwe, [Im]mortal.
I loved this collection too, detail with mono chromatic textiles can easily be lost, but the textures here seem to give visual strength to the garments, even from a distance. I saw an element of fusing of human and other animal/organic creatures in other the collections, touching subtly on other worlds, genetic engineering and hybrid creatures.
Donald Chung, Resist + Exist.
What I really want to see in fashion events are avant garde designs, I want to see imagination and adventure. I also want to see beauty and skill in construction, and this is what I experienced at the iD Emerging Designer Awards. Catch them before commercial realities or desires take hold.
I’m hoping to make it again next year!