How to make the most of iD Dunedin Fashion Week

21 March 2017
By Fashion Quarterly

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As the fashion pack descends on Dunedin, we reveal our pick of the must-see events on show.

iD Dunedin Fashion Week has an impressive schedule, where not one hour over the next few days is without an impressive event. Here we break down what we are looking forward to the most, for those that want to plan ahead and avoid a case of fashion week fatigue.

Thursday, 23 March

iD Guest Designer Talk, with Marc Moore of Stolen Girlfriends Club

Ditching Auckland for Dunedin, as the national guest judge for the Emerging Designer Awards, Stolen Girlfriends Club creative director Marc Moore is taking time out from his judging duties to give a public talk about the brand he founded over a decade ago with friends Dan Gosling and Luke Harwood. The brand’s rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic and Moore’s own lively personality will ensure this talk is also one of the most talked about events of the day.

Stolen Girlfriends Club’s high winter collection will be revealed at the premier catwalk shows the next evening. Called ‘The Curse That Flew Right Past You’, we hear it’s a range of grunge-inspired classics with a utility feel.

12-1pm, Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Gold coin entry

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Dunedin Public Libraries Fashion Tour

When creating a new collection, many designers look through fashion archives to help them understand and design for the zeitgeist of their own time. A look through Dunedin Public Libraries’ own fashion archives proves just as fruitful for both fashion inspiration and understanding our own unique sense of style. The collection “from retro to right-now” has a host of hidden gems ready to be unearthed.

1-2pm, Dunedin Public Library

Design Conversations with Donna Tulloch of Mild-Red

What started as an avant-garde knitwear label in 1995 is now a premium New Zealand-made fashion label, focusing on sculptural, monochromatic collections. Hear Mild-Red designer Donna Tulloch speak with fashion curator and lecturer Jane Malthus about the fashion world from their unique point of view.

2-3pm, Toitū Otago Settlers Museum


iD International Emerging Designer Awards

The Emerging Designer Awards and runway show is a dynamic evening showcasing the fashion designers of the future. With 33 finalists from Otago Polytechnic and around the world, it’s Australasia’s largest emerging fashion design competition, set to an exciting catwalk pace.

7:30-9.30pm, Dunedin Railway Station
Tickets from $45 (students) $65 (adults) from Ticketmaster

Friday, 24 March

Scenic Southern Cross Champagne Designer Breakfast Series, with Tanya Carlson

Start the morning off right by having breakfast with one of New Zealand’s most well-known red carpet designers, Dunedin-based Tanya Carlson. The designer has been a fixture at iD Dunedin since it began in 1999, most recently as a board member and judge, with plenty of fashion wisdom to pass on.
7.30-8.30am, Scenic Southern Cross Hotel
$35 (champagne included) 

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International Guest Designer Talk, with Paulo Melim Andersson

This year’s international guest, Paulo Melim Andersson, has been the creative force behind some of Europe’s biggest fashion houses, including Chloé, Marni, Margiela and Zadig & Voltaire. Now a professor of fashion at the IUAV University of Venice, with more than 20 years of experience in fashion, he is well equipped to both judge the emerging designers’ showcase and to discuss the world of fashion from his European vantage.

12-1pm, Dunedin Public Art Gallery

iD Emerging Talent 2017 Informal Talk

If you miss out on tickets to the emerging designers show, it’s not too late to see the designs up close at this open event, where you will also hear the creatives talk about the inspiration behind their collections.

4-5pm, Dunedin Public Art Gallery

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iD Dunedin Fashion Show

The most anticipated show of the week is the Friday night fashion show, where a range of top New Zealand fashion labels present their collections alongside international guest Paulo Melim Andersson’s retrospective collection of his favourite designs spanning his career. The stage is set at Dunedin Railway Station, where more than 25 designers will combine for a runway show of epic proportions. The show is also on Saturday night for those who miss the first round of tickets.

8:00-10.30pm, Dunedin Railway Station
Tickets from $75 from Ticketmaster

Saturday, 25 March

Citizen Stylist

Emerging fashion can be worn by anyone. To prove this, Citizen Stylist, an international emerging fashion designer styling project supported by Otago Polytechnic and Urban Dream Brokerage, is letting us play dress-up by combining our own clothes with racks of contemporary designs. Take a snap and be a part of this wider, international styling project.

11am, 28 Princes Street
Free. Register at, (participants must be 18 years or older)

Also runs Sunday, 26 March at 2pm

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High Tea on the Harbour

Hosted by contemporary jeweller Debra Fallowfield, this event is a chance to see nearby Port Chalmers with a spot of champagne shopping, followed by a high tea at the historic Carey’s Bay Hotel. Transport is provided in a heritage style bus so you can sit back and relax.

1-5pm, Port Chalmers (Dunedin Railway Station pick-up)
$55. Limited numbers

Vault 21 presents iD 2017 after party

No fashion week is complete without an after party and stylish Octagon bar Vault 21 is opening its doors for the fashion set to let their hair down.

1030pm – late, Vault 21
Cover charge for non-ticket holders

Sunday, 26 March

AXIS – anatomy of space

Acclaimed New Zealand choreographer and dance filmmaker Daniel Belton presents a compelling new Dome Cinema Dance project in the dreamy Otago Museum Planetarium with Good Company Arts. Guest performers from the Royal New Zealand Ballet and Singapore’s contemporary music scene will wear couture from Tanya Carlson for the kaleidoscopic fashion and art journey.

5.30 or 6.30pm show times, Perpetual Guardian Planetarium at the Otago Museum
$15, book online at

If you are wondering what to wear to wear to these fashionable events, Simply You has hand-picked a selection of stylish options here.

Words: Jessica-Belle Greer, Simply You
Photos: Supplied

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