NOM*d's creative director bestowed with honorary degree

Margarita Robertson, creative director at fashion label NOM*d, was awarded an honorary Bachelor of Design (Fashion) from Otago Polytechnic this afternoon.

“The names NOM*d and Margarita Robertson are synonymous with Dunedin fashion,” says Otago Polytechnic’s academic leader – fashion, Dr Margo Barton. “Margi has been instrumental in the continued growth of Dunedin’s vibrant fashion sector since 1986, when she and her husband, Chris, boldly launched NOM*d, despite an economic slump in the Dunedin fashion industry.”

From these early beginnings, NOM*d quickly established itself as one of the country’s premier fashion labels. In 1999, NOM*d was chosen to represent New Zealand at London Fashion Week, alongside Karen Walker, World and Zambesi.

NOM*d has shown consistently at international fashion weeks, including Paris, London, New York and Sydney, as well as being a regular feature at New Zealand Fashion Week.

NOM*d also shows annually at the iD Dunedin Fashion Show, and Robertson is a regular selector and juror at the iD International Emerging Designer Awards.

“We have always been a big part of the Dunedin fashion scene, and NOM*d is a proud supporter of local fashion and the development of emerging fashion designers. It’s great to be able to give back too, especially when so much of New Zealand fashion design happens outside of Dunedin,” Robertson says.

The Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, and Australia’s National Gallery of Victoria both hold key pieces from NOM*d as part of their permanent fashion and textiles collections.