Gongs for fibre

By Country News

Rural and urban fashion designers and milliners are invited to showcase their talent in this year’s 16th annual Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards.

Offering prizes valued about $5000, the fashion awards have grown into a prestigious event attracting high-profile designers, with the 2019 entries to be paraded in the Country Lifestyle marquee at the Henty Machinery Field Days on September 17 to 19 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 already been received this year.

‘‘Early interest from regional TAFE students has been strong for this year’s encouragement award,’’ she said.

The winner of the supreme garment made with natural fibres, which will be announced on the final day, will receive $1000 in prize money plus a Bernina 325 sewing machine valued at $1499, courtesy of Bernina Australia and Sew Fab, Narrandera.

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

‘‘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.

■Those interested in entering the awards can phone Lyn Jacobsen on 0428 690 222, email or phone the HMFD office on 0269 293 305.