Jonathan Stern from the Shenkar Engineering and Design College, Israel, with his collection, Variations of Masculinity, captivated the audience at tonightвЂ™s 2009 iD Dunedin Fashion Week Emerging Designer Awards and was awarded this yearвЂ™s Life Pharmacy top prize. As this yearвЂ™s winner, Jonathan takes away $5000 in prize money.
Nadeesha Godamunne, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, also received top honours as recipient of the highly sought-after Mittelmoda prize, which allows direct entry to show the Mittelmoda Fashion Competition in Italy this September.
The 900-strong, capacity crowd was wowed and delighted by the standard of this yearвЂ™s international line up.
вЂў The Dunedin City Council second place prize and $3000 was awarded to Cem Cako, Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerpen, Belgium, while Hani Sagiv,Shenkar Engineering and Design College, Israel, won the SeJuice third prize and $1000. The judges describe both collections as outstanding, showing remarkable creativity and skill.
вЂў The Pacific Blue Emerging Designer Travel Prize (including two return flights for two to Rarotonga) was awarded to Liz Ting, Massey University, New Zealand, and the Pacific Blue Lucky Boarding Pass prize was won by Aucklander, Jane Kennelly.
вЂў The 2009 event attracted the most entries ever seen in the eventвЂ™s five-year history. More than 100 applications were received from 11 countries, with the 28 finalists representing: New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, India, Israel, Italy, Sweden and Taiwan.
вЂў Judges for the Emerging Designer Awards 2009 included special guest designer Francis Hooper, co-founder and chief designer of WORLD; Margi Robertson, Fashion Designer and Director of Nom*D; Stefano Sopelza, Mittelmoda Fashion Award Project Supervisor, Italy; Ross Gamble, Fashion Consultant; and, Katie Newton, fashion and beauty editor for the weekly Sunday Star-Times Magazine.
вЂў This event is designed to foster the growth and development of new design talent and the intention is that all designers wherever they may come from can be supported. The hope is that with the support of a key funding partner in 2010, special new categories can be introduced that will help inspire new and established designers to focus on areas of design that further the future of the industry.
Jonathan Stern, Southern Trust 2009 iD Fashion Week Emerging Designer Awards Winner вЂњIn my collection, I tried to examine the context of masculinity as I see it. Men free from all definition of any boundaries, disconnected from any existing distinction. My collection expresses a variety of different looks, between day and evening wear, between meticulous and casual look, and between high street fashion and tailored garments.вЂќ
Margo Barton, Academic Leader and Principal Lecturer (Fashion), School of Design, Otago Polytechnic вЂњWeвЂ™ve seen a quantum leap in terms of quality since we launched the Awards, and