Young designers in the limelight
Future fashionistas, landscape architects, artists and designers from around New Zealand gather together this Saturday
night to celebrate the 17th annual Young Designer Awards.
Nearly 500 entries were received for this year’s awards, which will be held in the Christchurch Boys High School
auditorium, starting at 7.30pm on Saturday, October 18.
Young Designer Awards Trustee and Canterbury Development Corporation Project Manager Adele Wilkinson says the awards are
an opportunity for intermediate and secondary school students to work across a number of disciplines to develop designs
with real life briefs.
“The Awards are designed to increase awareness of good design, in an effort to attract young people into careers in the
different areas of design. And the awards function itself is a good opportunity for teachers and students to connect to
the design industry,” Ms Wilkinson says.
“Apprentices” in fashion photography and assistant producers are drawn from local secondary schools and university to
assist with the event. Models are sourced from the Anna Lee School of dance, the MC is a senior Burnside High School
student and several local sponsors support the lead national sponsors, Bernina and Youthtown.
Local sponsors include: AMG graphic design, Taurus Group, McBrearty & Associates, Anna Lee School of Dance, J Ballantyne & Co, Rhodes Rentals, Affordable Elegance, Vitc, Christchurch Boys High School, Linda Ponsonby, Himi Ratnakar, Arjee
Bhajee, Couplands, Tandem Voice Booth, Giora Dan, Weft Industries, Cotura, Marian College, Wendy Hill and Midge Holding.
One of last year’s scholarship winners, Sarah Parker, will speak at the awards about her time studying design in Italy.
Tickets for the Young Designer Awards are available on the door for $5.