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The death of the father of a young Dunedin woman was the inspiration behind his fashion collection, who was chosen as a finalist at the iD International Emerging Designer Awards.

Ruby Van der Zanden, from Dunedin, was announced as one of 33 finalists from 14 countries in the award, which will be held online with a virtual show on June 5.

22-year-old fashion graduate Otago Polytechnic says that at the end of 2018, he lost his father Tom Van der Zanden suddenly.

“It was terrible and very shocking for our family. ‘

Death greatly affects his clothing collection.

“I’m entering my third year [at Otago Polytechnic] and know for my last collection, I will add to my time there by remembering it.

The collection, ‘‘ Why not? We at Holiday, respect his father as cheerful, cheerful and even silly, and remember him as he is, he said.

“I told him when I started polytechnics, my goal was to be in the iD fashion week and I did it.

“This is very special.”

Another former Otago Polytechnic fashion student, Vera Kalugina, was also chosen as one of 33 finalists.

The work of the finalists will be shown in a video produced by NHNZ Dunedin, not a show, for the first time in 16 years iD Dunedin.

ID Dunedin Fashion Inc. co-chair Margo Barton said Covid-19 had provided new opportunities for the show.

“Because all assessments will be conducted remotely, it allows us to utilize leading designers from around the world.

“We look forward to announcing a list of all-star international judges from around the world in the near future.

“The finalists will be happy to know who rated their work.”

The ID Dunedin Designer Show will be held in February 2021.

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