THERE were nods to The Great Gatsby and Mad Men as models showed off designs in the Henty Natural Fibre Awards yesterday.
The $2000 prize and top gong went to Wodonga’s Cathy Upton and Leanne O’Toole.
The pair took the supreme award — best garment made with natural fibres for a dress and hat outfit.
They were also awarded best accessory for a purple wrap made of wool.
“We have a nice collection of runner-up medals, so it’s gratifying and we feel appreciated,” Mrs Upton said.
“We like our creations, but it’s nice to see our work admired by other people.”
Country Lifestyle co-ordinator Lyn Jacobsen said the awards were open to any design made purely from natural fibres, such as wool, angora, mohair, cashmere, cotton, linen, silk or combinations of several fibres.
She said the judges had a tough time judging because of the high level of talent.
The best in millinery went to South Australia’s Jen Marsh, while best knitted or crocheted garment was awarded to Pam Stolhand.
The millinery section attracted 29 entries this year, with one creation cleverly crafted from two wool blankets.
A well-tailored jacket suit and skirt won third-year RMIT fashion technology student, Lauren Ritchie, a Bernina sewing machine as an encouragement award.
Her parents accepted the award on her behalf.
“She will be over the moon,” mum Robyn Ritchie, of Greta West, said.
“This was a major project for her because she designed and cut the pattern from scratch.”
She said her daughter’s passion for fashion began as a three-year-old, when she would “always be helping her nanna with creations”.