Otago Hospice Fundraising Catwalk Gala, Dunedin, New Zealand

Another wonderful event with which to be involved, The Otago Community Hospice
Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand
Thursday 19th May



A dress by Lucile goes on exhibition at the Guelph Museum, Ontario





One of the most remarkable, visually stunning and truly extraordinary in its detail to craftsmanship, is a Lucile dress, dated 1918, from The Darnell Collection which will go on display at Guelph Museum, Ontario as part of this unique exhibition. 
It is the dress I always mention as my favourite when asked 'Which is your favourite dress in the collection'! Made of fine gold metallic thread spun, like a spider's web, onto which silk taffeta roses, glass beads and tiny bows have been appliquéd, under which a slip so beautifully crafted it could be worn as a slinky dress on its own. The dress is so fragile that it will be displayed in a glass case throughout the six month exhibition.
As soon as the exhibition is installed I'll post the dress in full.











Black Tie gala at Fairymead House celebrating the opening of 'Flora and Fauna: The Nature of Fashion' at Bundaberg Regional Gallery

 Flora and Fauna held court during the most spectacular evening at Fairymead House in Bundaberg, Queensland to celebrate the opening of 'Flora & Fauna: The Nature of Fashion' at Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery. 

The ambience was set by the stunning table decorations, twinkling lights off the verandah, celestial singing by Chelsea Stutchbury under a floodlit palm tree in the garden and the delicate strands of roses strung by fine wire from the rafters above our heads as we dined on a four course meal created for the event by local super chef Dion Taylor. 

Twelve beautiful models from Bundaberg graciously donned Darnell vintage and paraded on the verandah for a unique and personal experience of 100 years of flora and fauna in fashion.

Akira Isogawa, Australian designer extraordinary, spoke eloquently about his fashion experiences and his reflections on the vintage garments in the parade. 

As Eliza Goetze, reporter for News Mail wrote, 'It felt like a set of The Great Gatsby'.
It truly did! What a memorable and beautiful evening. 
(Photographs of the models by Paul Beutel)
Tables along the verandah at Fairymead House. Stunning decorations by Saskia.
'100 Years of Flora & Fauna in Fashion' timeline! 
Kate Ludwig's trousseau peignoir made of fine wool
1910
A lace dress and a cotton mesh shawl with hand beaten brass strips from Egypt
1920
A pretty floral cotton organdie summer evening dress
1930
A rayon floral day dress and wide brim straw hat (with a Brisbane provenance!)
1940
A Horrockses of London cotton party dress and a mandatory string of pearls
1950 
A silk embroidered cheongsam looks striking
1960
A polyester dress from Saks Fifth Ave. The fabric is called 'Cloudburst Over the Canyon'1970
A wool evening dress by Australia designer, Prue Acton
1970
A wool cardigan and cotton hand knit skirt by Australian designer, Jenny Kee. The skirt is from her Barrier Reef series
1980
A Christian Lacroix skirt and jacket is as opulent as the decade
1990
Wearing a Gordon Clark, New Zealand designer, halter dress (with matching cape) seated beside Judith Stutchbury

With Akira Isogawa, Australian designer, Chelsea Stutchbury, singer, and Theo, blogger (BlogByTheo)

20th and 21st centuries.
A 60s mini dress from Canada and a wool ensemble by Akira Isogawa
Straight from the rose gardens of Bundaberg. Magnificent!

42 Parades Bring 4 Natural Fibres to Life at the Sydney Royal Easter Show

The Sydney Royal Easter Show is always fabulous fun and full-on! 
During the two week show forty two catwalk parades were held in the Natural Fibre Pavilion. We  showcased four fabulous natural fibres: Cotton, Wool, Mohair and Alpaca, all part of Australia's phenomenal agricultural industry.

This year, one hundred and nineteen students from Sydney's fashion, beauty, design and technology schools, along with high school students from the Blue Mountains, joined me to bring to life this marvellous story by wearing vintage garments and accessories from The Darnell Collection as well as many stunning new garments in each of the four fibres. A number of my models were fashion designers themselves and helped style their own garments and watched them as they hit the catwalk. The parades highlighted a unique journey from 'farm to fabric to catwalk'

Thousands of spectators watched our parades throughout the two weeks. Our message: 
"When you have the choice, buy and wear natural fibres. Support the industry, protect the environment, live a healthier life."
Long live 100% natural fibres and Australian manufacturing! 

Easter Weekend parades begin backstage!
VINTAGE COTTON, WOOL, MOHAIR and ALPACA

Garment was a WOOLMARK prize finalist in 2009
WOOL
Jessie works her magic backstage!
VINTAGE AUSTRALIAN
 COTTON
VINTAGE COTTON
VINTAGE MARIMEKO and JOE BANANA
COTTON
Comme des Garçons
VINTAGE WOOL
The Perfect Classic Sweater!
MOHAIR 
CLASSIC and NEW MOHAIR
 Makes an 'ordinary outfit extraordinary'
VINTAGE and CLASSIC NEW
ALPACA
ALPACA
Such a 'feel good' moment!
A nice jumble of VINTAGE COTTON and WOOL
From the 60s (Silver Star) to the 80s (Norma Kamali) to the 21st century (Vivienne Westwood)!
WOOL
VINTAGE WOOL and COTTON
Ready for the catwalk!
Easter Saturday crowds at the Natural Fibre Pavilion
VINTAGE and NEW
WOOL 
Without them (Alpacas AND their handlers) the industry would be nothing!
ALPACA
Off to Coachella in the 70s!
Wearing VINTAGE COTTON and WOOL
Last day of the Easter Show. 42nd parade!
VINTAGE COTTON
Models and fashion designers (James and Beau) draped with 100% Australian Mohair/Wool blend suiting fabric.
With Steve, President, Mohair Australia
VINTAGE COTTON
Photo by @RobertodeSollars#187kome
HISTORIC (1900 jacket) and VINTAGE (80s kilt)
WOOL
Photo by @RobertodeSollars#187kome
Designed by TAFE St. George student Fatima Berry.
MERINO WOOL
Photo by @RobertodeSollars#187kome
 CLASSIC and NEW
ALPACA with a BOHO twist!
Photo by @RobertodeSollars#187kome
VINTAGE. ALPACA
Photo by @RobertodeSollars#187kome
 CLASSIC and NEW
ALPACA
Photo by @RobertodeSollars#187kome
VINTAGE ALPACA
Photo by @RobertodeSollars#187kome
VINTAGE WOOL
Photo by @RobertodeSollars#187kome
VINTAGE WOOL
Photo by @RobertodeSollars#187kome
SUPER MODELS
ALPACA
Photo by @RobertodeSollars#187kome
100% AUSTRALIAN MOHAIR/WOOL BLEND SUITING FABRIC
MOHAIR
Photo by @RobertodeSollars#187kome
CLASSIC VINTAGE LEVI and R.M. WILLIAMS
COTTON
So James Dean! VINTAGE COTTON