15th annual Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards an integral part of Field Days program

NATURAL SELECTION: Holbrook's Ashley Mulloy models the supreme garment at the Henty Natural Fibres Fashion Awards as part of last year's field days.
NATURAL SELECTION: Holbrook's Ashley Mulloy models the supreme garment at the Henty Natural Fibres Fashion Awards as part of last year's field days.

The call is out for fashion designers and milliners to prepare for the 15th annual Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards.

With prizes valued at $5000, the fashion awards have grown into a prestigious event attracting high profile designers, with the 2018 entries to be paraded in the Country Lifestyle marquee each lunchtime throughout the Henty Machinery Field Days on September 18-20.

The awards grew from the demise of 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,’’ awards convenor Lyn 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.”

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 best garment made with natural fibres will receive $1000 plus a Bernina sewing machine valued at $4949.

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

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.