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New Zealand Fashion Week will return in 2010 to celebrate its tenth year showcasing the best of New Zealand fashion to the world.

Dates are confirmed as Tuesday 21 September to Sunday 26 September.

New Zealand Fashion Week Managing Director Pieter Stewart is proud to have reached this milestone, with 2010’s event set to be a celebration of the hard work and fantastic opportunities New Zealand’s premiere fashion showcase has created across a decade.

“New Zealand fashion is such a fantastic industry to work in, with amazing talent existing throughout the country. When we launched New Zealand Fashion Week in 2001, we did so with a vision to create a platform that provides the best opportunity to showcase this talent to our own domestic market and more importantly to the world.

“As with any industry there are ups and downs, but the success stories that NZFW has helped create are many. In recent times the New Zealand fashion industry has been hit, like the rest of the world, by the effects of a global economic recession, but we’ve battled through and 2010’s fashion week is going to be a great opportunity to toast this country’s growing success on the world stage,” says Stewart.

Once again, the venue for New Zealand Fashion Week will be the Viaduct Harbour Marine Village on Halsey Street in Auckland.

Initial support from New Zealand designers has been encouraging, with many already confirmed their intention to show at this year’s Fashion Week.

Once again, New Zealand Fashion Week will be inviting buyers and media from around the globe, ensuring the developing Asian and Eastern markets are represented and exposed to New Zealand’s unique and exciting fashion talent.

“In 2009 we worked to attract interest from key industry players from throughout Asia, ensuring our New Zealand designers were given every opportunity to make inroads into these lucrative emerging markets. This year we will continue to develop these relationships and foster new ones, offering designers broader opportunities and exposure there through key media, buyers and celebrities,” says Stewart.

Designers confirmed to show and sponsors involved with New Zealand Fashion Week 2010 will be announced in late July with the final schedule and list of designers released in the week prior to the commencement of the shows.

For further information contact: media@nzfashionweek.com

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