Wear­able arts show prom­ises happy faces

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - RICHARD DAV­I­SON

Fi­bre­Oc­tave is set to wow In­ver­cargill au­di­ences once more when it hits the stage to­mor­row night.

The fifth run-out for the an­nual ‘‘wear­able art and mu­si­cal ex­trav­a­ganza,’’ Fi­bre­Oc­tave takes place at As­cot Park Ho­tel, with funds raised in sup­port of In­ver­cargill St John.

Con­ceived by In­ver­cargill In­ner Wheel women’s ser­vice club, the show has gar­nered ca­pac­ity au­di­ences since the out­set, with its com­bi­na­tion of wear­able art, mu­sic and dance.

La Muse Dance will com­ple­ment a ‘‘lively and imag­i­na­tive’’ range of de­sign­ers’ en­tries mod­elled on the cat­walk, with themed sec­tions in­clud­ing ‘‘Car­ni­val’’ and ‘‘Wear­able Parts’’ (au­to­mo­tive) this year, spokesper­son Gaye McElroy said.

Ex­hibits had come from as far afield as Naseby, Ar­row­town, Cromwell and Alexan­dra, along­side those from lo­cal artists.

‘‘Ex­hibits be­gan ar­riv­ing six weeks ago and we’ve had the most ex­cit­ing time un­pack­ing and dis­cov­er­ing how de­sign­ers have in­ter­preted the var­i­ous sec­tions.’’

Fi­bre­Oc­tave also ben­e­fited the com­mu­nity by pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity for young peo­ple to par­tic­i­pate in a the­atri­cal per­for­mance, McElroy said.

‘‘We have 15 mod­els wear­ing a to­tal of 44 ex­hibits which makes for a hec­tic time back­stage. Mod­el­ling wear­able art is quite un­like mod­el­ling fash­ion gar­ments.

‘‘Our mod­els must also in­ter­pret the char­ac­ter of the ex­hibit, which calls for a lit­tle bit of act­ing as well, and we like happy faces.’’

As a char­i­ta­ble fundraiser, the Fi­bre­Oc­tave com­mit­tee re­lied on its spon­sors, McElroy said.

‘‘We’re par­tic­u­larly grate­ful for the sup­port of Ma­caulay Mazda, who have pro­vided use of a ve­hi­cle to pro­mote the show to the peo­ple of South­land this year.’’

Typ­i­cally tick­ets for the events sold out in ad­vance, with Fi­bre­Oc­tave rais­ing about $50,000 for In­ver­cargill St John across the past four shows.


Bella Roberts mod­els ‘‘Fi­bre Fan­ta­sia’’, de­signed by Jo­ce­lyn Mur­ray and Ce­cile Pierce, at last year’s Fi­bre­Oc­tave wear­able art ex­trav­a­ganza in In­ver­cargill.

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