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Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Croatian Scoops Top Dunedin Design Prizes







 Igor Galas wins Life Pharmacy first place and Mittelmoda prize





Press Release: Dunedin Emerging Designer Awards

Source and full story: www.scoop.co.nz

Igor Galas, graduate of the Faculty of Textile Design, Zagreb, Croatia, with his collection Protector from Knitted Galaxy, thrilled audiences at tonight’s iD Dunedin Fashion Week Emerging Designer Awards and takes home the Life Pharmacy top prize of $5,000. Igor Galas has also been awarded the ever-popular Mittelmoda prize, which allows him direct entry to show at Mittelmoda in Italy.

Quotes

Igor Galas, Faculty of Textile Design, Zagreb, Croatia

"My collection is my dream of a Protector who will come from the knitted galaxy and save the earth from the phenomenon of global warming. My dream is linked with the fact that wool, and only wool, has the characteristic of being warm in winter and cool in summer. This is the balance that is needed so that the Earth can move forward and be green and beautiful. When I heard that the Emerging Designer Awards was one of the best competitions I decided to do everything to make sure I secured a spot!"

Zandra Rhodes, international fashion designer

"It’s been great to see such an infinite variety of entrants, from all over the world. This shows the international appeal this fashion competition has which is fantastic. The winning collection by Igor Galas showed wonderful originality that could be translated to a commercial success. His collection demonstrated individuality and his modesty in presenting his collection and describing how he made it was refreshing."
 
Andrew Logan, jeweller and sculptor

"Paula’s collection is perfect for the fashion world and the execution of her work is wonderful. The scale of her pieces and the silhouette of her work makes it very dramatic and arresting".

Margo Barton, Academic Leader and Principal Lecturer (Fashion), School of Design, Otago Polytechnic

"There have been some real stand-outs among this year’s finalists! We’ve seen a number of strong, cohesive collections and these are the designers that have been most successful. It’s great to see the gap between New Zealand, Australian and European designers is getting smaller and smaller. This is hugely encouraging for young New Zealand designers; it’s so important that we support them to continue to define their craft. "






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