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
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HISTORIC (1900 jacket) and VINTAGE (80s kilt)
WOOL
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Designed by TAFE St. George student Fatima Berry.
MERINO WOOL
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 CLASSIC and NEW
ALPACA with a BOHO twist!
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VINTAGE. ALPACA
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 CLASSIC and NEW
ALPACA
Photo by @RobertodeSollars#187kome
VINTAGE ALPACA
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VINTAGE WOOL
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VINTAGE WOOL
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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