Wearable arts show promises happy faces
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.