Visa delays crush young designers' dreams ahead of Dunedin Fashion Week

The dreams of four international designers have been crushed after visa issues forced them to pull out of taking part in iD Dunedin Fashion Week.

Thirty young finalists were selected last November for the International Emerging Designer Awards, a noted highlight of the annual event.

However, delays in processing visas have forced four designers from Asia to pull out just days out from the competition.

Susmita Islam from Bangladesh, Siyuan Zhao from China, Diksha Rathi from India and Jaehwa Rhee from South Korea have all been removed from the festival's programme.

"That's obviously devastating for those designers, they've been selected, they want to be here... but the show must go on," said iD Dunedin board member Sally McMillan.

Organisers are now juggling designers, models and photoshoots ahead of the first show on Friday night.