Youth orchestra rehearses for iD Fashion

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Tunes played by the Dunedin Symphony Youth Orchestra will be the backdrop to this year’s iD Dunedin Fashion Shows.

The orchestra was given a $1000 grant by Creative NZ, which will enable it to play at the shows on March 15 and 16.

Celebrating iD’s 20th year, 16 acclaimed New Zealand designers will showcase their ready-to-wear collections at the shows.

Each night the show will feature established designers in the first half and the iD International Emerging Designer collections in the second half.

The Friday show will include the iD International Emerging Designer Awards ceremony.

Otago Polytechnic Professor of Fashion and iD Dunedin Creative Director Dr Margo Barton was excited to mark this milestone with such a stunning line up.

“Since a small, dedicated group of volunteers started iD Dunedin in 1999, the show has evolved from a celebration of Dunedin’s underground fashion to a week-long festival recognising the importance of the fashion industry to the city and the country,” she said.

Dr Barton said the show continued to evolve, this year moving to the Regent Theatre in the centre of the city.

“One of the most exciting things is creating a show which jumps off the runway and allows the models to walk through the audience.

“This means that no matter whether guests are sitting in the circle or the stalls, they will see all the garments up close.”

The show will cap off a week of fashion-inspired events throughout the city, including events, lectures, parades and shopping.