2013 ID international emerging designer awards winners announced

Global inspiration combined with unique detailing was behind the winning collection in the ninth iD International Emerging Designer Awards, held on Thursday night at the Lion Foundation Arena in Dunedin. Otago Polytechnic graduate Rakel Blom took out the top Peroni First Place Prize at the iD Awards with her collection ‘The World Through My Eyes’, inspired and influenced by textiles and travel. The judges described the collection as “eclectic and joyful, sleek, chic, and professional, with intricate detailing and true depth”. Hosted by FOUR’s Shannon Ryan, the packed out 1300 strong audience were wowed by the collections of 30 finalists from around the globe vying for top prizes. This year’s winners delivered on the international nature of the awards – coming from all around the world – from New Zealand to China, the UK to South Korea and Australia to Ireland. The standout finalists impressed the prestigious judging panel, which included Stephen Jones, Karen Webster, and Margi Robertson, with their brave use of technology and diverse range of collections. This year’s winners are: Peroni 1st Place Prize (NZ$5000): Rakel Blom, School of Design, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand. Caffe L’affare 2nd Place ($3000 cash): Emma Boseley, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia. Strawberry Sound 3rd Place ($1000 cash): Kathleen Choo, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. Dunedin’s Golden Centre Mall Prize ($1,000) for the most commercial collection: Blathnaid McClean, National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Dublin, Ireland. Global Fabrics Award for Excellence in Design ($1000 cash and a $2000 voucher): Sohong Lim, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. Fore more information visit idfashion.co.nz