Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Legends Of The Catwalk - In­ter­views by Victoria Han­naford Pho­tog­ra­phy by Sam Rut­tyn

much fashion has changed through­out the decades, for Lyn­dal Moor, who booked her first job back in 1966, one thing has al­ways re­mained in style: punc­tu­al­ity.

“In those days mod­els did ‘show­ings’ for man­u­fac­tur­ers,” she re­calls. “I was a few min­utes late to my first book­ing, and was sacked. It was a valu­able les­son; I was never late again.”

Ur­sula Huf­nagl is a fashion vet­eran who now heads up Chic Man­age­ment. She started mod­el­ling in 1967, and in her hey­day, the most glam­orous jobs were for cig­a­rette ads.

“I re­mem­ber fly­ing over Mar­lon Brando’s is­land in Tahiti, do­ing a cig­a­rette com­mer­cial and then fly­ing to St-paul-de-vence [in France] to do an­other cig­a­rette com­mer­cial,” she says.

From Lynn Suther­land’s ca­reer, an ex­tra­or­di­nary mo­ment came af­ter wrap­ping a swimwear shoot in Kenya for Vogue Italia in 1972.

“We made an un­sched­uled stop at En­tebbe air­port to pick up refugees; Ugan­dan dic­ta­tor Idi Amin was ex­pelling for­eign­ers,” she says.

Is­abella Cowan’s mo­ment came in the ’80s – her curly locks made her a star in the decade of big hair. “Mod­el­ling for me was so con­tin­u­ously busy; it just nat­u­rally hap­pened,” she says.

And it was fate that saw Alison Brahe be­come one of the best-known faces of the late ’80s – spot­ted at a party, she was rec­om­mended to an agency. “I walked in with one photo from my Year 11 for­mal. They sent me out im­me­di­ately, and I was booked for the job,” she says.

An­neliese Seu­bert can count the orig­i­nal “su­pers” as col­leagues. Af­ter win­ning the Ford Su­per­model of the World con­test in 1990, aged 17, she booked her first show in Paris.

“I had to walk be­tween Linda Evan­ge­lista and He­lena Chris­tensen. I was re­ally ner­vous, but once I was on the run­way, I was fine,” she says.

Sa­man­tha Har­ris was ex­cited to be in a shoot with Huf­nagl, who is her boss at Chic: “I loved see­ing Ur­sula in model mode,” she gushes. “She is very good!”

And Ruby-jean Wil­son is known for a retro sen­si­bil­ity that brings fashion full cir­cle. “I love to ref­er­ence ’90s and early 2000s fashion,” she says. “I also love ’70s dresses and good-qual­ity vintage.”

Is­abella Cowan, 54 Ur­sula Huf­nagl, 68 Lyn­dal Moor, 71 An­neliese Seu­bert, 43 Alison Brahe, 46 Sa­man­tha Har­ris, 26

Lynn Suther­land, 67

Ruby-jean Wil­son, 22

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