The Newmarket Young Fashion Designer of the Year Award will be announced and this year's winner will well and truly get to experience all that the real fashion world has to offer.
The grand prize for the winning young designer thanks to Newmarket's Business World Travel will fly to the 2013 L'Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival where they'll be an integral part of the festival backstage team for the week, helping to produce the many shows, and working closely with some of Australia's top designers.
Graeme Lewsey, Chief Executive Officer of L'Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival, is delighted to be working with Newmarket Business Association in providing the 2012 Newmarket Young Fashion Designer Award winner with a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the international fashion industry up close and personal.
"We're looking forward to giving the winner a unique and inspiring journey through the backstage of Australia's preeminent Fashion Festival, and a glimpse of what it takes to make it at the top of fashion in Australasia," says Lewsey.
Donna Corbel, Marketing Communications Manager of the Newmarket Business Association and Event Organiser says: "This amazing prize will give the winner a brilliant insight into the exciting world of fashion at the highest level."
"It's a wonderful opportunity to experience the logistics of producing a major event with multiple fashion shows, whilst developing a real hands-on experience in the fast paced, glamorous, fashion environment backstage," says Corbel.
"Our hope is that the success of these designers will see them one day choose to open their own gorgeous boutique in Newmarket, New Zealand's fashion capital."
Selecting from the huge pool of talented applicants, 20 amazing finalists will be selected to go through to the next stage, bringing their innovative and contemporary garments to life.
Finalist's garments will be judged by a leading panel of local Newmarket designers and experts in the fashion industry, at the showcase gala evening at Auckland Grammar's Centennial Theatre on Friday 12th October at 7pm.
The Newmarket Young Designer Award winner will also receive a two year scholarship with the prestigious Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, a two week internship with top New Zealand designer Vicki Taylor at the taylor design workroom plus $1,000 spending money to spend whilst in Melbourne for the Fashion Festival. Business World Travel will provide flights and one week's accommodation in central Melbourne for the winner, so that they can stay close to the action for the week.
Launched in 2009, the Newmarket Young Fashion Designer award has served to fast-track some incredible up and coming talent and helped to get their careers off to the best possible start.