Henty fashion awards celebrates beauty of natural fibres

March 3, 2015

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Vanessa Taylor, of Holbrook, models the overall winning garment in the 2014 Henty Natural Fashion Fibre Awards designed by Judy Bond, Mildura.

Rural and urban fashion designers and milliners are invited to showcase their talent in this year’s 12th annual Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards.

The fashion awards have grown into a prestigious event attracting high profile designers, with the 2015 entries to be paraded in the Country Lifestyle marquee at the Henty Machinery Field Days on September 22-24 at 1pm each day.

Country Lifestyle co-ordinator 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.

“With 2015 being the Year of the Sheep, the focus on wool will take on an international relevance.’’

To be announced on the final day, the winner of the best garment made with natural fibres will receive $2000 and $500 each to the winners of the best knitted or crocheted garment, millinery and accessory.

This year, 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.

Mrs Jacobsen said sponsors Rabobank, AGnVet Services and Norwood Agriculture were on board to promote the role of women in agriculture and combine the two facets of farming and fashion.

“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,’’ she 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.