Henty fashion awards celebrate beauty of natural fibres

Nessa Liston, of Henty, models the 2016 Henty Natural Fibre Awards supreme garment designed by Laurel Judd, of New Zealand.

Rural and urban fashion designers and milliners are invited to showcase their talent in this year’s 14th annual Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards.

Boasting prizes valued at over $5000, the fashion awards have grown into a prestigious event attracting high profile designers, with the 2017 entries to be paraded in the Country Lifestyle marquee at the Henty Machinery Field Days on September 19-21 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 from as far as Western Australia.

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

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 an Activa 215 sewing machine 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 contact Lyn Jacobsen on 0428 690 222, email naturalfibre@hmfd.com.au or phone the HMFD office on (02) 6929 3305.