Fash­ion wows field days

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New Zealand de­signer Lau­rel Judd has se­cured back-to-back wins in the Henry Nat­u­ral Fi­bres Fash­ion Awards, wow­ing the judges with her cream lace felted dress.

Mod­elled by Bil­l­abong High School Year 10 stu­dent Ash­leigh Mul­loy from Hol­brook, the dress fea­tured a cir­cu­lar over­skirt with match­ing hairpiece and ear­rings.

Ms Judd was also awarded the Best Knit­ted or Cro­cheted Gar­ment at the Henty Ma­chin­ery Field Days last week for her fig­ure hug­ging grey knit­ted dress with cerise ruf­fle high­lights.

Judged by David Tester from Al­bury, Rox­anne Cooper from Syd­ney and Beryl Brain from Nar­ran­dera, the judges were unan­i­mous in their fi­nal de­ci­sion.

Open to am­a­teurs and pro­fes­sion­als, the awards recog­nise the in­no­va­tive use of nat­u­ral fi­bres from pad­dock to cat­walk in creative but wear­able cloth­ing util­is­ing nat­u­ral fi­bres such as wool, al­paca, an­gora, mo­hair, cash­mere, cot­ton, silk and linen.

Awards or­gan­iser Lyn Jacobsen said the con­test had at­tracted al­most 90 en­tries, in­clud­ing 28 millinery en­tries, from around the na­tion in­clud­ing en­tries from New Zealand and a tra­di­tional Nepalese de­sign.

Wodonga de­signer Cathy Up­ton won the ac­ces­sories sec­tion with a pink and grey felted bag with match­ing coin purse.

Ms Up­ton said the bag used a seam­less felt­ing method, tak­ing up to 18 hours to com­plete.

‘‘It is all about dura­bil­ity or small, slow fash­ion and hav­ing an item which lasts more than a sea­son.

‘‘The bag can be put into the wash­ing ma­chine and eas­ily pushed back into shape.’’

Queen of the cat­walk . . . Ash­leigh Mul­loy from Hol­brook mod­els the Supreme Gar­ment de­signed by Lau­rel Judd from New Zealand, at the Henty Nat­u­ral Fi­bres Fash­ion Awards last week.

Fash­ion firsts . . . Holly Johnson, Re­nay Wat­son, Ashley Mul­loy, Gina Her­itage and Mad­di­son Clancy model the win­ning gar­ments in the Henty com­pe­ti­tion.

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