TAKING A STEP BACK IN TIME
THE HOURGLASS FIGURE, PERFECTLY CURLED HAIR AND RISQUÉ ATTITUDE; WHAT IT TAKES TO BE CROWNED WINNER OF TIME WARP FESTIVAL PIN-UP COMPETITION
Stepping out on stage in a circle skirt, victory rolls and peep-toe heels, Madison Hadland has never felt more confident.
There was something about wearing fashion from the 1950s to ’60s era that the 21-year-old Sunshine Coast model said just made her feel comfortable in her own skin.
Madison’s modelling career began at age
16, when she was asked to be the face of a home-made vintage fashion label.
This spurred her love for the “rockabilly look” and gave her the confidence she needed to enter her first pin-up competition, the Downunder Beachfest in Caloundra in 2017.
She took out second place and had such a great experience that she decided to see what other competitions were available around the Coast.
This was when she came across the Time Warp Festival, hosted by Ricks Garage in Palmwoods.
“Initially, I wasn’t sure how you would even get involved in competing but I found the whole pin-up community very supportive and encouraging,” she said.
“I auditioned to take part in the Time
Warp Festival and had such a good experience.”
Madison was crowned Miss Time Warp 2018, taking out the top title in the festival’s pin-up competition.
It was title that she wore with pride and she encouraged anyone who was interested to give the competition a shot.
“It’s just a super-fun and supportive environment and everyone who was involved had a good time,” she said. “We got to greet everyone who came to the festival and even though it was a competition, everybody encouraged one another and we all wanted each other to win.”
Madison said she loved sourcing vintage outfits for the pin-up competitions and worked with her unique style.
She said everyone had a particular take on the pin-up and rockabilly style and that’s what she loved about the whole movement.
“I look back at pictures from old events and get my inspiration for outfits from there,” she said.
“I like to go for an authentic vintage look and source a lot of my stuff from op shops.
“But then I will put my own spin on the outfits and my make-up style is more modern. I love that the pin-up culture is about that and everybody is allowed to do whatever style that they feel comfortable in.
“I feel really confident in the rockabilly and pin-up style and it genuinely makes me wish I was born in that era, but also really appreciative of what women went through.
“It’s not easy to get done up like that every day.”
Knowing that modelling could be quite a daunting experience, Madison said it was a relief to find that the pin-up community was so supportive.
“The culture is very welcoming and if you want to get involved with it, just reach out to somebody and you’ll find that they are more than happy to give you advice,” she said.
“When I first started, everybody was so welcoming and accommodating so I aim to do the same for newbies and want to share my advice.”
Aside from the pin-up competitions, Madison has also been involved in the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival.
She is joining the team as one of the mentors this year.
“It’s the biggest fashion event on the Sunshine Coast so it is great to be a part of,” she said.
“I love that they have open casting as well. “That doesn’t happen everywhere and it’s really welcoming and encouraging for those getting started in the industry.”
As part of her role as Miss Time Warp 2018, Madison will be a judge at this year’s competition at the Time Warp Festival.
The festival kicks off tomorrow, with thousands of revellers expected to attend.
Ricks Garage manager Ben Jamieson said the festival had started five years ago as a way of getting the community involved in what his establishment was all about.
“We want to highlight what we do here at Ricks Garage and draw people to Palmwoods, nationwide,” he said.
“There are a lot of events around the nation that are similar to the Time Warp Festival but the way that we do it is unique.
“It’s a family-friendly event that brings the whole community together to share a beer, good food and have a good time.”
Mr Jamieson said the event continued to grow each year.
“Last year we had international tourists attend and they gave some really positive feedback which was amazing,” he said.
“We have some great things planned for this year with 12 new bands, a new range of cars and motorbike and Harley Davidson Sunshine Coast have come on board as sponsors this year.”
Mr Jamieson said interest in this year’s pin-up competition had been massive and the festival had to close entries early.
There will be 10 entrants vying for the title of Miss Time Warp 2019.
“We were overwhelmed by the amount of interest this year, so we had to close entry to the competition a couple of months in advance,” he said.
“It is amazing how much the pin-up culture is building here on the Coast.
“We have also kept the competition only open to local girls, which is great because there aren’t that many opportunities in our area for people to get involved with competitions like this.”
Mr Jamieson said the competition encouraged others to dress up as well and that the majority of those who attended came decked out in rockabilly and pin-up attire.
“It’s great to see everybody dressed up and having a good time,” he said.
“It’s all about bringing the community together and we love working with other local business owners, too.”
Mr Jamieson said the whole town benefited from the festival with the overflow bringing in business for other shop owners.
“We are really blessed to be able to offer something like this festival to the community,” he said.
“When Ricks Garage was first established, we really just wanted to bring a strong point of difference to the community and deliver quality service.
“We have really embraced the ’50s/’60s culture and it has worked well for us.”
“IT IS AMAZING HOW MUCH THE PIN-UP CULTURE IS BUILDING HERE ON THE COAST.”
NOSTALGIA TIME: Step back into the Time Warp Festival.