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Above: iD International Emerging Designer Awards finalists 2021 1. Oscar Keene/ 2. Jingzhi Liu/ 3. Taliah Leslie/ 4. Cindy Alhadeff and Martina Pavia/ 5. Min-Yan Tsai/ 6. Sahil Chaudhary/ 7. Zhu-Luo Xiao

A total of 46 emerging fashion designers have been selected from 16 countries for the 2021 iD International Emerging Designer Awards.

The 46 finalists are all currently studying fashion in higher education or have recently completed their studies. Each of the finalists was selected from over 150 global applicants.

For the next stage of the competition, the up-and-coming designers must create a video of their garments which will be shown to a panel of international judges.

Last year, finalists took part in an online video presentation with the majority of the collections being filmed in lockdown scenarios. The result showed how innovative and enterprising emerging designers can be when facing adversity.

The winners of the 2021 iD International Emerging Design Awards will be announced 19 June following a gala movie premiere and runway presentation at Otago Museum, Dunedin.

Those who have made the cut include Cindy Alhadeff and Martina Pavia who collaborated on the No-Made collection, a critical yet ironic take on Argentinian neo-nomads. The pair mix PVC with conventional materials and fabrics sewn together to created stuffed jackets that are versatile and have multiple uses. Some pieces can be transformed into a pillow or a mat, others can be rolled up, meeting the needs of the wearer.

Oscar Keene's collection explores new forms and identity, and aims to deconstruct beauty and body standards. Keene uses PVC, foam, wadding and cotton to create non-gendered silhouettes and new body geometries.

Jingzhi Liu's work began while investigating the influence of social media on a person's identity and image. Using marbling, digital printing, hand dyed thin fabrics and heavy suede, Liu  aims to create pieces that blur and combine physical and virtual space.

Taliah Leslie's Dreamers tells the story of the designer's family and friends who immigrated to the USA. Leslie uses techniques such as laser cutting and fusing used fabrics together. The laser cutting includes the shapes of countries as well as quotes from interviews with immigrants, adding emotional weight to the collection.

Sahil Chaudhary's collection of custom made knitted pieces tell the story of women and their daily struggles dealing with misogyny.  Zhu-Luo Xiao's Dedicated To My Parents collection is made from 100% cotton and is inspired by their childhood growing up in an agricultural family.

The aesthetics of war collide in Min-Yan Tsai's collection which features silhouettes drawn from Japanese samurai armour and tailored World War II uniforms. The collection is presented in a stark black and white colour palate, toying with the idea of camouflage and also referencing the less deadly - but arguably just as competitive - game of chess.

The full list of the 2021 iD International Emerging Designer Awards finalists and their collections is below:


  • Cindy Alhadeff and Martina Pavia; ‘No-Made’; Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo; Argentina.

  • George Borrie; ‘Muse’; Southern Institute of Technology; New Zealand.

  • Kerry Brack; ‘Objet Trouve’; University of Technology Sydney; Australia.

  • Gisella Candi; ‘Wide Angle Smile’; University of Technology Sydney; Australia.

  • Elodie Cazier; ‘Not that they come alive in her; it is her who lives in them’; ArtEZ University of the Arts; France.

  • Sahil Chaudhary; ‘Labyrinth’; National Institute of Fashion Technology; India.

  • Karis Zanetta Cheng; ‘Where Are You From?’; University of Technology, Sydney; Australia.

  • Justin Mengzhe Chi; ‘Put on – Take Off’; Fashion Institute of Technology; United States.

  • Tsai Feng Chou; ‘Goldfish Unknow’; Shih Chien University; Taiwan.

  • Chloe Christie; ‘Suited’; University of Technology, Sydney; Australia.

  • Jasmin Erb; ‘Untitled, 2021’; University of Arts, Berlin; Germany.

  • Taylor Groves & Emma Jing-Cornall; ‘February 2021 Collaboration’; Massey University; New Zealand.

  • Romana Haake; ‘Coding Paradise’; University of Applied Sciences, Bielefeld; Germany.

  • Jordan Harris; ‘[Re]construct’; Massey University; New Zealand.

  • Jing He; Assimilation // Annexation; Massey University; New Zealand.

  • Ina Hill; ‘Embody’; Massey University; New Zealand.

  • Oscar Keene; ‘Fluid’; RMIT; Australia.

  • Sally Jackson; ‘The Bowerbirds’; University of Technology, Sydney; Australia.

  • Grace Kelly; ‘Eidê’; Queensland University of Technology; Australia.

  • Sara Kickmayer; ‘Real Utopia’; Institut Français de la Mode; France.

  • Ester Kubisz; ‘Unreal City’; Ravensbourne; United Kingdom.

  • Taliah Leslie; ‘Dreamers’; Pratt Institute; United States of America.

  • Jingzhi Liu; Liu Jingzhi ; College of Fashion and Design, Donghua University; China.

  • Shiyu Liu; ‘Cheng Shi’; Donghua University; China.

  • Yu-Wen Liu; ‘Revolution Orbita’; Shih Chien University; Taiwan.

  • Karel Martinez; ‘Karel’; Polimoda; Italy.

  • Jennifer Milleder; ‘Flora Magnifica’; University of Applied Arts, Vienna; Austria.

  • Margarita Ng Ng and Cristina Ng Ng; 2x1 = Split Identities/Personalities Different But Same; Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT); United States.

  • Lydia Paine; ‘Mother & Mode’; Massey University; New Zealand.

  • Taylor Pumphrey; ‘Tangible’; Otago Polytechnic ; New Zealand.

  • Alesha Pyers; ‘Audacity to Art’; Otago Polytechnic; New Zealand.

  • Kristal Roberts; ‘Rethread’ ; Massey University, Wellington; New Zealand.

  • Olivia Rubens; ‘Duplicitous Lives’; London College of Fashion; Canada.

  • Lorna Ryan; ‘New Zeal’; Otago Polytechnic; New Zealand.

  • Alessandro Santi; ‘Morphed Up’; University of Applied Arts Vienna; Austria.

  • Anna Sarasoja; ‘Study of Shapes’; Aalto University; Finland.

  • Cecilie Schou Grønbeck; ‘A Soft Warrior’ ; Royal Danish Academy; Denmark.

  • Namrata Surana; ‘Wildflower Mornings’; Accademia di Costume e di Moda; India.

  • Min-Yan Tsai; 天照花塚 Flourish Tumulus; Shih Chien University; Taiwan.

  • Karina Vodovoz; ‘Future Past’; Shenkar; Israel.

  • Xizhu Wu; ‘Shuang’; University of Technology, Sydney; Australia.

  • Zhu-Luo Xiao; ‘Dedicated to my Parents’; Shih Chien Fashion Department; Taiwan.

  • Shuyu Yue; ‘Me’ ; College of Fashion and Design, Donghua University; China.



Find out more on iD International Emerging Designer Awards from their website.

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Above: iD International Emerging Designer Awards finalists 2021 1. Oscar Keene/ 2. Jingzhi Liu/ 3. Taliah Leslie/ 4. Cindy Alhadeff and Martina Pavia/ 5. Min-Yan Tsai/ 6. Sahil Chaudhary/ 7. Zhu-Luo Xiao

A total of 46 emerging fashion designers have been selected from 16 countries for the 2021 iD International Emerging Designer Awards.

The 46 finalists are all currently studying fashion in higher education or have recently completed their studies. Each of the finalists was selected from over 150 global applicants.

For the next stage of the competition, the up-and-coming designers must create a video of their garments which will be shown to a panel of international judges.

Last year, finalists took part in an online video presentation with the majority of the collections being filmed in lockdown scenarios. The result showed how innovative and enterprising emerging designers can be when facing adversity.

The winners of the 2021 iD International Emerging Design Awards will be announced 19 June following a gala movie premiere and runway presentation at Otago Museum, Dunedin.

Those who have made the cut include Cindy Alhadeff and Martina Pavia who collaborated on the No-Made collection, a critical yet ironic take on Argentinian neo-nomads. The pair mix PVC with conventional materials and fabrics sewn together to created stuffed jackets that are versatile and have multiple uses. Some pieces can be transformed into a pillow or a mat, others can be rolled up, meeting the needs of the wearer.

Oscar Keene's collection explores new forms and identity, and aims to deconstruct beauty and body standards. Keene uses PVC, foam, wadding and cotton to create non-gendered silhouettes and new body geometries.

Jingzhi Liu's work began while investigating the influence of social media on a person's identity and image. Using marbling, digital printing, hand dyed thin fabrics and heavy suede, Liu  aims to create pieces that blur and combine physical and virtual space.

Taliah Leslie's Dreamers tells the story of the designer's family and friends who immigrated to the USA. Leslie uses techniques such as laser cutting and fusing used fabrics together. The laser cutting includes the shapes of countries as well as quotes from interviews with immigrants, adding emotional weight to the collection.

Sahil Chaudhary's collection of custom made knitted pieces tell the story of women and their daily struggles dealing with misogyny.  Zhu-Luo Xiao's Dedicated To My Parents collection is made from 100% cotton and is inspired by their childhood growing up in an agricultural family.

The aesthetics of war collide in Min-Yan Tsai's collection which features silhouettes drawn from Japanese samurai armour and tailored World War II uniforms. The collection is presented in a stark black and white colour palate, toying with the idea of camouflage and also referencing the less deadly - but arguably just as competitive - game of chess.

The full list of the 2021 iD International Emerging Designer Awards finalists and their collections is below:


  • Cindy Alhadeff and Martina Pavia; ‘No-Made’; Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo; Argentina.

  • George Borrie; ‘Muse’; Southern Institute of Technology; New Zealand.

  • Kerry Brack; ‘Objet Trouve’; University of Technology Sydney; Australia.

  • Gisella Candi; ‘Wide Angle Smile’; University of Technology Sydney; Australia.

  • Elodie Cazier; ‘Not that they come alive in her; it is her who lives in them’; ArtEZ University of the Arts; France.

  • Sahil Chaudhary; ‘Labyrinth’; National Institute of Fashion Technology; India.

  • Karis Zanetta Cheng; ‘Where Are You From?’; University of Technology, Sydney; Australia.

  • Justin Mengzhe Chi; ‘Put on – Take Off’; Fashion Institute of Technology; United States.

  • Tsai Feng Chou; ‘Goldfish Unknow’; Shih Chien University; Taiwan.

  • Chloe Christie; ‘Suited’; University of Technology, Sydney; Australia.

  • Jasmin Erb; ‘Untitled, 2021’; University of Arts, Berlin; Germany.

  • Taylor Groves & Emma Jing-Cornall; ‘February 2021 Collaboration’; Massey University; New Zealand.

  • Romana Haake; ‘Coding Paradise’; University of Applied Sciences, Bielefeld; Germany.

  • Jordan Harris; ‘[Re]construct’; Massey University; New Zealand.

  • Jing He; Assimilation // Annexation; Massey University; New Zealand.

  • Ina Hill; ‘Embody’; Massey University; New Zealand.

  • Oscar Keene; ‘Fluid’; RMIT; Australia.

  • Sally Jackson; ‘The Bowerbirds’; University of Technology, Sydney; Australia.

  • Grace Kelly; ‘Eidê’; Queensland University of Technology; Australia.

  • Sara Kickmayer; ‘Real Utopia’; Institut Français de la Mode; France.

  • Ester Kubisz; ‘Unreal City’; Ravensbourne; United Kingdom.

  • Taliah Leslie; ‘Dreamers’; Pratt Institute; United States of America.

  • Jingzhi Liu; Liu Jingzhi ; College of Fashion and Design, Donghua University; China.

  • Shiyu Liu; ‘Cheng Shi’; Donghua University; China.

  • Yu-Wen Liu; ‘Revolution Orbita’; Shih Chien University; Taiwan.

  • Karel Martinez; ‘Karel’; Polimoda; Italy.

  • Jennifer Milleder; ‘Flora Magnifica’; University of Applied Arts, Vienna; Austria.

  • Margarita Ng Ng and Cristina Ng Ng; 2x1 = Split Identities/Personalities Different But Same; Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT); United States.

  • Lydia Paine; ‘Mother & Mode’; Massey University; New Zealand.

  • Taylor Pumphrey; ‘Tangible’; Otago Polytechnic ; New Zealand.

  • Alesha Pyers; ‘Audacity to Art’; Otago Polytechnic; New Zealand.

  • Kristal Roberts; ‘Rethread’ ; Massey University, Wellington; New Zealand.

  • Olivia Rubens; ‘Duplicitous Lives’; London College of Fashion; Canada.

  • Lorna Ryan; ‘New Zeal’; Otago Polytechnic; New Zealand.

  • Alessandro Santi; ‘Morphed Up’; University of Applied Arts Vienna; Austria.

  • Anna Sarasoja; ‘Study of Shapes’; Aalto University; Finland.

  • Cecilie Schou Grønbeck; ‘A Soft Warrior’ ; Royal Danish Academy; Denmark.

  • Namrata Surana; ‘Wildflower Mornings’; Accademia di Costume e di Moda; India.

  • Min-Yan Tsai; 天照花塚 Flourish Tumulus; Shih Chien University; Taiwan.

  • Karina Vodovoz; ‘Future Past’; Shenkar; Israel.

  • Xizhu Wu; ‘Shuang’; University of Technology, Sydney; Australia.

  • Zhu-Luo Xiao; ‘Dedicated to my Parents’; Shih Chien Fashion Department; Taiwan.

  • Shuyu Yue; ‘Me’ ; College of Fashion and Design, Donghua University; China.



Find out more on iD International Emerging Designer Awards from their website.

ARTS THREAD Newsletter

Of
Interest