Awards open for designers

By Country News

Rural and urban fashion designers and milliners are invited to showcase their talent in this year’s 15th annual Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards.

Boasting prizes valued about $5000, the fashion awards have grown into a prestigious event attracting high-profile designers, with the 2018 entries to be paraded in the Country Lifestyle marquee at the Henty Machinery Field Days from September 18 to 20 at 1pm each day.

Awards convenor Lyn Jacobsen said the Natural Fibre Fashion Awards grew from the demise of Wagga Wagga’s Golden Gown.

‘‘Since the field days are located within a major wool and fibre-producing region, it was important an event be carried on to encourage designers to showcase their creativity using the fibres allowed,’’ Mrs Jacobsen said.

‘‘This competition is free and open to all designers, but the fabric in the garment must be at least 70 per cent natural fibre, which can be wool, cotton, alpaca, silk, linen or combinations.

‘‘Garments are judged on visual appeal, creativity and innovation.’’

Mrs Jacobsen said interest in the awards had been strong this year with early interest from regional TAFE students wishing to enter this year’s encouragement award.

The winner of the best garment made with natural fibres will receive $1000 in prize money, plus a Bernina B350PE sewing machine valued at $4949.

The winners of the best knitted or crocheted garment, millinery and accessory will receive $500 each.

Julia’s Fabric Boutique in Wodonga is donating a sewer’s pack valued at $250 as an encouragement award for the best garment by a student designer.

‘‘Designers may supply their own models, however, we do have Year 10 students from Billabong High School who are given modelling tuition leading up to this event,’’ Mrs Jacobsen said.

■People interested in entering the awards can phone Lyn Jacobsen on 0428 690 222, email or phone the HMFD office on (02) 6929 3305.