Retro fashion revival at fest
Jacaranda Festival takes a dainty step back in time for competition
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.
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.