These ladies took part in the pin-up pageant held at the Hotel Metropole on Saturday night that Cassandra Jackson (centre in hat) organised.
These ladies took part in the pin-up pageant held at the Hotel Metropole on Saturday night that Cassandra Jackson (centre in hat) organised. Rob Williams

Pouts and petticoats at Metropole

THE retro stylings of years gone by were revived in Ipswich on Saturday night, with the second crowning of Miss Diamond Pin-up.

Seven girls got dolled up like their fashion idols, modelling vintage-style dresses and hairdos in the hope of impressing the judges and a crowd of more than 100 at the Metropole Hotel.

After modelling evening and swimwear, Louise Geoghegan claimed the Miss Diamond Pin-up crown.

Ms Geoghegan said she shared an interest in 1940s and 50s fashion with her gran, but only recently took up the style.

The 23-year-old from One Mile styled her outfit on the 1950s.

"Probably one of the reasons I have been interested in pin-up (is) because I could relate to it with my gran," she said. "It was one thing we always shared.

"I just love the swing dresses and the petticoats and I like the ability to be a little bit playful with my fashion."

Ms Geoghegan said the pin-up look was becoming more popular in Ipswich.

"I think it is a lot bigger overseas, but especially in south-east Queensland it is getting a lot more recognition," she said.

She enjoyed sharing fashion tips with the other contestants.

"Everyone was so fantastic. It was really great to see."

It was the first pageant Ms Geoghegan had taken part in.

Organiser Cassandra Jackson said the pageant was another success, following its debut last year.

Ms Jackson, owner of Diamond Cut Hair and Make Up studio, said the pageant continued to advertise the pin-up look.

She agreed the look was becoming more common around Ipswich.

"It is, especially for Ipswich, because last year no one really had seen anything like it," she said.

"But this year we had people come back from last year.

"We had a great crowd response. They got behind each entrant.

The pageant included a burlesque performance from Madeline Glass Eater and a photo exhibition of heavily tattooed women, titled Ink Quality.

"It breaks down the negative stigma around tattoos," she said.

"It shows women can be heavily tattooed and still gorgeous."

Ms Jackson said the pageant would return for a third instalment next year.

A raffle on the night raised $200 for charity Look Good Feel Better.

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