Otago Polytechnic’s School of Design graduates, Sophie Brooke Hardy and Roxanna Zamani, will travel to Gorizia, in northeast Italy, at the end of June to take part in the Mittelmoda Fashion Award. Their selection places them in an elite group of just 29 finalists, selected from over 700 applicants internationally, by a jury of leading industry professionals including: Elio Fiorucci, Fashion Designer; Beata Aurell, H&M; Francesca dell’Antoglietta, Levi Strauss; and Italia Srl and Francesca Chicaro, Benetton Group Spa. Principal Lecturer at the Polytechnic Margo Barton says the pair were also standouts at this year’s iD Dunedin fashion week events. “Their individual design handwriting and the strong design stories behind both of their collections will set them in good stead for thriving careers,” Barton says. Prize winning collections will be exhibited during Milan Fashion Week, September 22–29.