Adele leads one­sie rev­o­lu­tion

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - ANNE MATHER

PRE­PARE your­self for an on­slaught of one­sies.

This year’s Mona Foma, which starts in Launce­s­ton to­day, will have nearly 3000 elec­tric-blue one­sies in cir­cu­la­tion.

Touted as a “mass one­sie ex­trav­a­ganza”, fes­ti­val go­ers can make their own out­fits in a se­ries of DIY work­shops.

Per­for­mance artist and de­signer Adele Var­coe, who has been wear­ing one­sies for eight years, said the process of mak­ing the gar­ments would add an ex­tra di­men­sion to the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Ev­ery­one mak­ing them to­gether will bring peo­ple to­gether in a dif­fer­ent way,” she said.

Last year Var­coe man­aged to get 1200 peo­ple into one­sies at Mona Foma, re­sult­ing in the bright pink cre­ations be­com­ing a soughtafter fash­ion state­ment.

She wanted peo­ple to have eas­ier ac­cess to them this year to en­sure it was an in­clu­sive ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The ul­ti­mate goal is to have enough for ev­ery­one at the fes­ti­val,” she said.

This year she has teamed up with Fin­nish cloth­ing la­bel Self-As­sem­bly to fur­nish the crowd with DIY one­sies, which re­quire nei­ther sewing skills nor sewing ma­chines.

“It’s like Ikea fur­ni­ture for clothes,” she said.

“They have in­vented a tech­nique that is like loops and holes, and the loops loop into each other.”

She said the ma­te­rial was al­ready laser cut, ready to go.

The Aus­tralian de­signer said she en­joyed shar­ing her pas­sion for one­sies and open­ing up con­ver­sa­tions about fash­ion.

The one­sie ex­trav­a­ganza, ti­tled One­sie World 2.0, starts to­day in Launce­s­ton and con­tin­ues through­out the fes­ti­val.

Mona Foma artis­tic di­rec­tor Brian Ritchie said the fes­ti­val was shap­ing up well.

“One of the hall­marks of Mona Foma is that we put un­likely com­bi­na­tions of mu­si­cians to­gether and then we prove that mu­sic is the uni­ver­sal lan­guage,” he said.

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