Meet the iD Emerging Designers: Saturday 16 March

Held at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, the event was intended to be a question and answer session with a pre-selected group of designers, by chance including the three main prize winners. The failing sound system made this impossible and a free for all was declared. No problem – it was fun chatting with the designers and what a lovely lot they were.

Rakel Blom and Emma Boseley, first and second prize winners.

Rakel Blom and Emma Boseley, first and second
prize winners.

Rakel Blom (Otago Polytechnic): Peroni First Place Prize

Rakel’s clothing collection called ‘The World Through My Eyes’ makes your heart sing with its vibrancy and youthful vitality. Her five outfits represent five continents: Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and North America. The attention to detail is amazing, with hand stitched and laser-cut perspex stars and buttons. Rakel is the first Otago Polytechnic student to win this competition. Rakel you have done us proud!

Miss Africa featuring zebras, Moroccan patterns and South Africa's Gazania flower. The wool is hand-dyed.

Miss Africa featuring zebras, Moroccan patterns and South Africa’s Gazania flower. The wool is hand-dyed.

Fabric detail with perspex buttons and stars.

Fabric detail with perspex buttons and stars.

Rakel wears a dress in Miss Europe fabric.

Rakel wears a dress in Miss Europe fabric.

Charlie Chaplin is hard to miss but how many other icons can you spot?

Charlie Chaplin is hard to miss but how many other icons can you spot?

Emma Boseley (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology): Caffe L’affare Second Place Prize

Emma’s focus is all about exaggerated shapes and how they change the body. Her garments were really spectacular on the catwalk and it was great to see some male models.

Emma with her garments: wool coat, leather top and worsted skirt. She also wears her own-design jacket. We love orange!

Emma with her garments: wool coat, leather top and worsted skirt. She also wears her own-design jacket. We love orange!

Charlotte Cho (Auckland University of Technology)

Her collection ‘KAPOW!’ is based on superhero comics. She creates her own knitting patterns using computer technology and hopes to turn this into a commercial enterprise. We love the cats!

Charlotte and her crazy cat garment.

Charlotte and her crazy cat garment.

Back view showing gorgeous colour combination.

Back view showing gorgeous colour combination.

Karen Yang (University of Technology, Sydney)

Her collection ‘BelleVille’ is inspired by mixing traditional Congo patterns with the French dandyism shown by ‘le Sapeurs’.

Karen with a piece from 'BelleVille'. The contrasting colours and patterns are fabulous! She also designed her leggings.

Karen with a piece from ‘BelleVille’. The contrasting colours and patterns are fabulous! She also designed her leggings.

Back view shows Congo scenery and culture.

Back view shows Congo scenery and culture.

Mandy Myles (Otago Polytechnic)

Great to see a local in the competition and she went to the same high school as us. Her collection ‘Hello. I’m not from here.’ explores fantasy and humour.

Mandy with her chunky oversized jumper. You can just see the figurines sewn into the lining of the pants. Amazing!

Mandy with her chunky oversized jumper. You can just see the figurines sewn into the lining of the pants. Amazing!

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