Show the biggest yet
The final fittings are done and the dress rehearsals are under way as makeup artists, hairdressers and clothing designers primp models to take to the catwalk for the 2012 Mirror WoolOn fashion show. Event organiser Martin McPherson said tickets were selling out fast for the gala event of the Alexandra Blossom Festival, being held on Friday and Saturday night. It is set to be the biggest in the eight-year history of the event. More than 60 entries have been received, and this year’s event has attracted eight entries from India and Australia. Models from Queenstown-based ICAN Models and Talent will strut their stuff in the garments on the catwalk. Their hair will be styled by Urban Edge Hair Design and makeup done by Polish’d Studio. The Mirror newspaper is the official sponsor of the event. Opening night of the show will take place on Friday. Saturday night’s show will feature Invercargill band Lip Stick, back by popular demand, providing entertainment once the show has finished. ‘‘The gala is shaping up to be the glamour night in Alexandra’s social calendar,’’ Mr McPherson said. The event has eight different categories including street wear, felted and menswear, and a Supreme Winner will be selected by the judges as the overall best garment of the show. Former winners Otago Polytechnic design school lecturer Joan Leach, of Dunedin, and wearable artist and Clyde hairdresser Carolyn Laing will team up with Cromwell designer Anne Lyon to judge the event. Mr McPherson said each of the judges brought different expertise to the judging panel. Ms Leach was last year’s winner of the menswear section of WoolOn, and Mrs Laing designed the winning creation in the accessory section. Mrs Lyon, who helped judge the event last year, said it had been a ‘‘very difficult job’’ but she was excited to return.