Retro fash­ion re­vival at fest

Jacaranda Fes­ti­val takes a dainty step back in time for com­pe­ti­tion

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS - Les­ley Apps

MAR­KET Square took a trip back to the 1950s on Sun­day as Retro­fest com­peti­tors twirled and posed their way around day two of the Jacaranda Fes­ti­val.

The heat didn’t de­ter the hand­ful of well coiffed ladies vy­ing for the ti­tle of Miss Retro­fest and var­i­ous other cat­e­gories that pay homage to the fash­ion and flair of the much-loved mid-cen­tury era.

The cham­pion ti­tle of Miss Retro­fest went to Jess North­cote aka Miss Jessie Lou of Bellin­gen whose orig­i­nal 1950s bark­cloth and cot­ton frock and para­sol ac­ces­sory caught the judges’ eyes. Retro­fest is a pop­u­lar ad­di­tion to the Jacaranda Fes­ti­val’s an­nual cal­en­dar but or­gan­iser Char­lotte White said it could grow into some­thing big­ger.

“We had nine en­tries this year, which is con­sis­tent with pre­vi­ous years, but we would love more of course,” Char­lotte said.

She said this year’s event was com­pet­ing with the larger Chrome­fest event on the Cen­tral Coast which at­tracts a sim­i­lar de­mo­graphic but was happy with the turnout at Retro­fest this year.

“We have a lot more lo­cal girls sup­port­ing it now so I’m pretty happy about that but we also run on vol­un­teers so if you are won­der­ing how to give back to your com­mu­nity we’ll take you.”

Retro­fest cat­e­gory winners: Miss Il­lus­trated – Miss Zanetta Jessy; Miss Pres­tigue – Wham Bam Thank you Pam; Miss Kit­ten – Elle Belle; Miss Bee Bop – Miss Alice May; Miss Holy Moly – Miss Chrysler Jade; Miss Honey Money – Miss Ella Beth; Miss Retro­fest – Miss Jessie Lou.

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STEP­PING OUT IN STYLE: Jess North­cote aka Miss Jessie Lou of Bellin­gen wears an orig­i­nal hand­made 1950s day dress she bought in New Zealand from the orig­i­nal owner.

The Jacaranda com­mit­tee were hard at work pro­mot­ing the flo­ral fes­ti­val: from left, Peg James, Gary Mil­lett and Kathryn Lent­fer were on duty at Retro­fest on Sun­day.

Ella Gil­bert, 15, and her lit­tle sis­ter Maile, 9, ahead of her Miss Kit­ten com­pe­ti­tion.

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