Westpac Launches Young Designer Award

To celebrate the fifth year of their highly regarded Red Collection show at New Zealand Fashion Week, Westpac is launching a search for New Zealand’s three most exciting young designers for a dramatic live runway walk-off. At stake, a prize package to launch a career that includes cash, an opportunity to show as part of the Westpac Red Collection Group Show at NZFW, mentoring from a leading designer and business banking advice.

The inaugural Westpac Young Designer Award is a nationwide competition. Created as a launch pad for emerging and high potential fashion designers, it is open to final year students, fresh graduates and designers new to the fashion market.

How do I enter?
Aspiring designers have until 5pm on Wednesday 18th August to enter a portfolio of three fashion looks, along with a brief biography and a paragraph on their future fashion dreams.

A panel of established fashion industry luminaries will then select ten outstanding entries as the Westpac Young Designer Award semi-finalists. These ten mini-collections will be uploaded to the official Westpac Young Designer Award Facebook page where the public will be invited to vote online for their favourites.

The three who amass the most public votes by Sunday 5 September will travel to Auckland to present their collections live on the runway at New Zealand Fashion Week as part of the Westpac Red Collection show on Thursday 23rd September. There, the winner will be announced.

Westpac Young Designer Award Prize Package

  • NZ$5000 in a Westpac business account
  • Mentoring from a designer for 1 year
  • Business banking advice from Westpac for 1 year

Key Competition Dates:
Wednesday 4 August – Entries open
Wednesday 18 August – Application deadline
Friday 20 August – Finalists uploaded to Facebook, public voting commences
Monday 6 September – Top 3 announced
Thursday 23 September – Westpac Red Collection show, winner announced live!

Westpac Young Designer Award Facebook page details:

Image – Cybele Show at NZFW ’09
Photographer – Winchey Zheng

One Response to “Westpac Launches Young Designer Award”
  1. AUT says:

    YOU should all vote for Nazy Naser ‘Your Confusion, My Illusion’ one fantastic collection and should be shown down the NZ Fashion Week runway! http://apps.facebook.com/contestshq/contests/51881/voteable_entries

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