While New Zealand’s high streets are filled with shops and boutiques touting all the great international fashion labels, Kiwi followers of fashion also frequent an ever-increasing choice of local fashion designers.
New Zealand fashion labels that have made it overseas include Karen
Walker, Nom*D, Zambesi, and World. The four fashion houses participated
in a group show - 'The New Zealand Four' - that first took the New
Zealand look to prestigious London Fashion Week.
Among New Zealand fashion designers who have moved offshore,
Wellington’s Rebecca Taylor has been working in New York since 1992.
Rebecca Taylor’s celebrity followers include Cameron Diaz, Ashley Judd,
Anna Paquin, and Minnie Driver.
Fine merino wool is another down-under fashion success, and New
Zealand’s Icebreaker has become a global brand in sportswear fashion.
Kiwi fashion is renowned for its funky, layered look - a practical
response to New Zealand's changeable weather patterns where
four-seasons-in-a-day is a frequent scenario.
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The inner-city shopping precinct that includes High Street, Vulcan Lane and Chancery Lane is the place to find cutting edge designer fashion. Names to look for include Karen Walker, Zambesi, Versace, Workshop and World. Between sprees you can sip coffee at a café and watch the fashion victims walk by.
Photo credit: Kierran Scott
Dunedin-based New Zealand designer Tanya Carlson is renowned for stunning collections that marry superb tailoring with exquisite detail.
Carlson specialises in crafted clothing that always has an element of surprise. Hand-painted fabrics, delicate hand-beading or an unexpected construction technique are key elements of Carlson's fashion signature.
Dunedin is regarded as an edgy, innovative fashion centre. Every year in March, the city hosts the iD Dunedin Fashion Week in the beautifully restored Dunedin Railway Station.
Photo credit: iD Dunedin Fashion Week