The Darnell Collection at the Sydney Royal Easter Show 2017

42 parades in 14 days!!
Cotton, Wool, Alpaca, Mohair, Linen and Silk 
were brought to life on the catwalk at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in the Fashion & Style Pavilion.

As host, stylist and Fashion Anthropologist, I presented three parades each day, which added to the agricultural vibe at the Show. Trivia, facts and figures for each of the natural fibres showcased layered another element to the stylish ambience and the professionalism of the models. 

Hundreds of outfits and accessories from The Darnell Collection were worn 
by students modelling in front of thousands of spectators. 

Hair and makeup was expertly provided by TAFE Ultimo and Gymea, Cameron Jane, Sydney, Chris Wolf Hair, Katoomba and several independent professionals.

Music, from Santana to Goldfrapp, kept things lively - thanks to the brilliant sound and lighting team of students from TAFE Quakers Hill.

Models came from schools across the Greater Metropolitan Sydney, Canberra and Blue Mountains as well as Cameron Jane and D Surace Media Productions. 

All in all 150 people were involved to make these shows happen. What a fortnight!
Thank you to everyone involved.
Channelling David Bowie in a pair of 20s wool tweed plus-fours, a 30s wool dinner jacket and a cricket scarf!
Perfect Easter colours!
Wool: From the fleece from one sheep's back you can produce 3 suits, 6 dresses and 70 pairs of sock!
Wool crepe wedding dress by Adrian Makepiece. 1990s channelling 1860s! 
Alpaca cape - Alpacas were domesticated by the Incas 6000 years ago. It was called 'the fibre of the Gods'.
Australian designer Bianca Spender silk evening dress. If you unravelled the filament of a silk cocoon it would stretch for 1 kilometre. To weave a silk kimono, you will require 2000-3000 cocoons worth of silk filament.

Easter Monday line-up!
Linen from the 60s - the finest linen thread is the Ferguson's Double Damask which is so fine that if you weighed 40 kilometres of it, it would only weight 1 kilo!
Back Stage - Just before our parade began
A fun cotton fact - natural shades of cotton varieties in South America come in shades of red, yellow, beige, chocolate, pink, purple, green and one patterned like a leopard!
Linen
@Goldheist wearing wool looking WW11 ready!
Sydney menswear designer Joe Banana cotton velveteen coat from the 70s
Suave and tailored wool ensemble

Parading out and about at the Show
Wool and cotton - just before the parade!
Mohair - fleece from the Angora Goat produces the Mohair fibre
Some awesome and eclectic ensembles!

Mohair, Silk, Cotton, Silk, Linen!!

All simles - the parade is over for the day!
Another day - another parade!