Young Designer Fashion Award – Work with Karen Walker at the New York Fashion Week

Young Design Awards Winner 2008 ParisFancy an all expenses paid trip to the New York Fashion Week working backstage for Karen Walker? If so, prepare yourself because your wildest dream has just materialised into a reality.

The Newmarket Business Association has launched the 2009 ‘Looking to the Future – The Newmarket Young Fashion Designer Award’ with sponsors Business World Travel, Qantas, Karen Walker, Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design, and Taylor Boutique.

Targeted to aspiring young fashion designers aged between 15 and 18, Lea Worth organiser and marketing manager for the Newmarket Business Association says “This award will provide the winning designer an opportunity of a lifetime”

And oh my, what an opportunity it is.

Up for grabs is a splendorous prize package that will bring much glee into the life of one budding fashion designer.  Here is what the winner can look forward to a-la information provided to Designer Direction by the organisers;

The winner of the Newmarket Young Fashion Designer Award will fly Qantas for two to New York with four nights’ accommodation courtesy of Business World Travel. He or she will get to work back stage at the Karen Walker Show at New York Fashion Week and will receive $1,000NZ spending money.

The winning designer will also receive a 12-month scholarship at Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design, and a two-week design assistant internship working alongside Auckland designer Vicki Taylor in the Taylor Workroom.

Mrs Worth says it made sense for Newmarket to launch this inaugural award.

Newmarket is synonymous with designer fashion and boasts over 40 local and international designers. Quite simply, Newmarket is the Fashion Capital of New Zealand. Through this competition we might just discover New Zealand’s next top designer.”

Any New Zealand resident, from anywhere in the country, male or female, aged between 15 and 18 years can enter.

The brief is to design and make an innovative and directional daywear outfit to be judged by a panel of local Newmarket designers and stakeholders in the fashion industry. The awards ceremony in October will be a gala event showcasing the leading entrants’ designs.

This award is an awesome initiative to not only recognise young design talent but to also take the lead in supporting designers that are the future of the New Zealand fashion industry.  Are you excited? Because I know that we are!

So get designing young folk!

Registrations can be viewed here and costs only $25.

Entries officially close on the 15th June 2009. For more information please contact Lee Worth on Auckland 09-529 3047 or

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