Henty fashion awards celebrate beauty of natural fibres

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Cathy Upton, Julia’s Fabric Boutique, Wodonga, is donating a Bernina 215 sewing machine as an encouragement award for the best garment by a student designer.

Student designers will have the chance to win a new sewing machine at this year’s 13th annual Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards.

Fashion designers can also vie for the chance to win a Bernina B350PE sewing machine valued at $2199 plus $1000 cash prize money for the supreme garment made of natural fibres.

Boasting total prizes valued at over $5000, the fashion awards have grown into a prestigious event attracting high profile designers, with the 2016 entries to be paraded in the Country Lifestyle marquee at the Henty Machinery Field Days on September 20-22 at 1pm each day.

Country Lifestyle co-ordinator Lyn Jacobsen said the first applications for this year’s awards have been received.

Last year, the awards drew the first international entries, with award winning New Zealand fibre artist Laurel Judd setting the catwalk abuzz.

“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.’’

To be announced on the final day, the winner of the best garment made with natural fibres will receive $1000 in prize money plus a Bernina B350PE sewing machine valued at $2199, with $500 each to the winners of the best knitted or crocheted garment, millinery and accessory.

Bernina and Julia’s Fabric Boutique, Wodonga, are donating a Bernina 215 sewing machine as an encouragement award for the best garment by a student designer.

The entry-level machine has a personal memory, built-in needle threader, a manual multi-step buttonhole and 11 of the most important stitch types. The LCD display provides a constant overview of the most important information such as presser foot, stitch width and length.

Student designers are also eligible to win the major prize.

“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 contact Lyn Jacobsen on 0428 690 222, email naturalfibre@hmfd.com.au or phone the HMFD office on (02) 6929 3305.