Fashion takes centre stage in Nimbin

Fans of fashion and originality are in for a treat this week when a dazzling array of cutting-edge designs are paraded down the catwalk during the Nimbin Fashion Shows.

The annual event is a chance to check out the unique creations of 15 local designers from across the Northern Rivers and organiser David Hyett said each designer has created a show within a show featuring their own music and choreography.

Its a great night of entertainment, as well as being a fashion show, he said. And theres huge variety, not just in terms of style, but also the presentation.

The Nimbin Fashion Shows have been running since 2003 and Tuntable Falls Primary School has now incorporated the event into its curriculum. The school will be showcasing the work of six budding designers the youngest just six-years-old.

David said because the show was multi-faceted and incorporated modelling, choreography, design and sewing, the children were learning a range of creative life skills for the future.

I was talking to the mother of our youngest designer, said David. Shes been involved since the shows inception as a model. And this little girl has now been interviewed on the radio. So thats another facet of the whole thing dealing with media. These children are growing up with an innate sense of all these processes.

Co-organiser Christina Chester said the idea for the Nimbin Fashion Shows basically came about because she wanted a chance to show off her own creations.

She described her collection this year as a romantic, fashion fantasy with everything from flowing morning gowns to long evening dresses and ball gowns that incorporate her signature style of hand painted applique. She also paints directly onto the fabric. Gold brocade, braids and ruffles add richness and luxury to what she calls a very feminine collection.

Meanwhile, international designer Pol once more looks to Japan for inspiration for his latest collection, which he calls Invaders of the Heart. He said half the featured clothes were denim, with some of the trousers reminiscent of the armour of the Samurai.

Its a bit quirky with layers upon layers of denim and skirts that are very pleated, he said. Its a bit punk, although the dresses are more baby-dollish.

The Nimbin Fashion Shows are on this Friday and Saturday (November 17 and 18) starting at 7.30pm at the Nimbin Town Hall, with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets are $15 for adults from Perceptio Bookshop in Nimbin (6689 1766) or at the door.


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