Alternative fashion

If you expect Nimbin to be all about tie-dye and cheese cloth, the Nimbin Fashion Collective has a surprise for you. The seventh annual Nimbin Fashion Show promises a thought-provoking introduction to the collections of 18 local designers.

In previous years, outlandish dresses made of seeds and see-through birkas have been paraded on the catwalk.

“Some people thought the birkas were religiously incorrect,” Nimbin designer and show organiser Christina Chester said. “In this fashion show, there’s no limitation to what you can do. It’s a fantastic demonstration of the creativity and freedom inspired by our culture in this area.”

This year’s fashion show coincides with National Recycling Week and designers will be exploring the many interesting ways of using recycled clothing and fabrics, alongside their usual lines.

“One of our designers, Honey, even creates clothes from old Glo-Mesh bags,” Ms Chester said.

Having designed her own clothes since she was a child, Ms Chester will be exhibiting her own collection on the catwalk this year, which she says displays the feel and colours of different civilisations

“Living in this area, I’m encouraged by the culture around me here to adventure into my own creativity and I have the guts to make different things,” she said. “Here, the environment is important to us and I’m inspired by the vibrancy of nature around me, strong patterns and bright colours.”

Alongside Nimbin designers Pol and Honey, Lismore designer Jesse MacIntosh will be exhibiting his garments made of recycled materials printed with interesting designs such as skulls and scissors

“In Nimbin, we like to do things differently, and our Nimbin Fashion Show is certainly unique, fun and funky,” Ms Chester said. “The audiences are always enthusiastic about seeing their friends on stage during this community event and I’m working with a fantastic team of people who are doing it for fun, not money.”

After the show, there will be an opportunity to step outside fashion malls and buy the unique creations seen on the catwalk. All food and drink for sale at the event will be organic, including the champagne and sushi.

Models will strut the catwalk at the Nimbin Town Hall on Friday, November 13, and Saturday, November 14, at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets can be booked at Perceptio book shop in Nimbin and at the door, and cost $20 for adults and $5 for children.

For more information, contact Christina Chester on 0427 326 790 or email

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