Fash­ion show goes back to ’60s

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Fashion - with Des­mond Eddy

NOW in its 18th year, STYLEAID is one of the big­gest high­lights on Perth’s an­nual so­cial cal­en­dar and raises in­cred­i­ble amounts of money to sup­port WAAC in its work in ed­u­ca­tion, pre­ven­tion, care and sup­port for peo­ple liv­ing with HIV/AIDS.

This year the highly an­tic­i­pated event prom­ises to cap­ture the swing­ing revo­lu­tion of the 1960s with the theme GO GO.

Based around the fash­ion and design revo­lu­tion seen dur­ing the decade, the GO GO ‘mod’ sub­cul­ture thrived on mu­sic and fash­ion, with its Bri­tish pi­o­neers wear­ing sharp suits and shift dresses, lis­ten­ing to the mod­ern jazz that gave them their name.

STYLEAID GO GO fea­tures cam­paign imagery show­cas­ing shift dresses de­signed and de­vel­oped ex­clu­sively for the event, with six lo­cal artists paint­ing, print­ing and em­bel­lish­ing a pa­per dress based on the era.

Bren­don Darby’s creation cel­e­brates Louis Arm­strong’s What a Won­der­ful World, while peace signs in the colours of the Abo­rig­i­nal flag with the words 'White Aus­tralia' cir­cle the dress at the bot­tom.

Lo­cal artist Pip McManus recre­ated god­dess Jane Birkin, with a Wood­stock daisy chain a nat­u­ral choice and adding 3D ap­pliqued daisies to the dress that flut­ter when it moves.

Hendra Widjaja is so much more than just your av­er­age make-up artist and has been recog­nised in­ter­na­tion­ally by make-up brand MAC.

Widjaja used a MAC face chart as in­spi­ra­tion by con­tour­ing and high­light­ing a 3D ef­fect on the 2D medium of the dress.

The ad­di­tion of white se­quins and tiny crys­tals en­hances the ef­fect.

Kelsey Ashe Gi­ambazi was re­cently run­ner up in the Jimmy Choo pro­gram Fash­ion Tank and was men­tored by the man him­self.

Gi­ambazi is a tex­tile and fash­ion de­signer for her la­bel Ashe and in the fi­nal year of her PhD at Cur­tain Univer­sity.

Nico Green’s dress design uses bright, bold play­ful colours evoca­tive of the 1960s. He ap­proached paint­ing the dress as he would a wall – by stick­ing it to a fence and spray paint­ing it free hand.

Shree Do­ran's ver­sion of the Dolly pa­per dress is a dig­i­tal print on Tyvek with ap­plied silk or­ganza laser cut cir­cles.

Her in­spi­ra­tion came from small vin­tage mid cen­tury liqueur glass filled with se­quins from a 1960s dress.

On the night, the STYLEAID pa­rade will show­case the 2015/2016 spring and sum­mer col­lec­tions from es­tab­lished and up­com­ing de­sign­ers Aure­lio Costarella, Ae'lkemi, Yuuki, One Fell Swoop, Sala­sia, Wolf­gang & Sons, Kinn, Mon­ster Al­pha­bets, Zhi­av­ago and re­tail­ers At­las Divine, Dilet­tante, Nells and Varga Girl.

STYLEAID will be held on Fri­day, July 31, at Grand Ball­room, Crown Perth.

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