AUT fashion graduates Sandra Tupu (pictured) and Glenn Yungnickel took away awards with their menswear collections at this week’s iD Dunedin Emerging Designer Awards.
Tupu won the Otago Institute of Design Sustainability Award worth $2,500 for her collection of menswear based on the Samoan tatau (pe’a). Her collection, “Tatau”, is full of natural fibres and includes coats made of recycled woolen blankets with interior features using old cotton flour bags.
“I want to make unique menswear pieces that will last a lifetime, instead of throwaway fashion,” says Tupu. “It is fantastic to have my work recognised with this award”. Tupu plans to continue designing menswear for the forseeible future.
Yungnickel, an honours graduate now working as Assistant Designer at Crane Brothers in Auckland, won the Pulp Magazine Pulp Fashion Culture Award, which guarantees editorial coverage for his striking menswear collection, “In the Red”. “Winning the award has been awesome and I am looking forward to the extra exposure,” says Yungnickel.
Twenty-eight finalists from New Zealand and across the world sent their creations down the runway for the awards, hosted by TV3’s Samantha Hayes. The last runway show is on Saturday 13 March.