Henty MFD fashion award will celebrate beauty of natural farm grown fibres

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Always an exciting interlude at the Henty machinery field days is the fashion event coveted by upcoming local designers

Shown here are the previous Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Award winning entries modelled by Erin Hogan The Rock NSW, Maggie Jamieson Holbrook NSW, Maddie Mohr Holbrook NSW, Taylor Roulston Henty NSW, and Tahlia Francis Holbrook NSW

An award to encourage designers with business aspirations to produce garments made with natural fibres will be a popular addition to 2022’s Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards.

The Business Development Award: Australian Made Fibre is a new award already creating excitement among designers and will be showcased at the 17th annual Henty Natural Fibre Awards at the 2022 Henty Machinery Field Days.

With prizes valued at around $5500, the fashion awards have grown into a prestigious event attracting high profile designers, with the 2022 entries to be paraded in the Country Lifestyle pavilion on 20 to 22 September at 1pm each day.

Awards convenor Lyn Jacobsen said the Business Development Award was creating excitement among designers with new entrants planning on participating.

The new award has been sponsored by JMP Developments, Wodonga, for $500.

 “Since the field days are located within a major wool and fibre producing region, it was important an event be continued as it will encourage designers to showcase their creativity using the fibres allowed,’’ Mrs Jacobsen said.

“This competition is free and open to all designers, but the fabric in the garment must be at least 70 per cent natural fibre, and that can be wool, cotton, alpaca, silk, linen or combinations.

“Garments are judged on visual appeal, creativity and innovation.’’

To be announced on the final day, the winner of the supreme garment made with natural fibres will receive $1000 in prize money plus a Bernina 325 sewing machine valued at $1499, courtesy of Bernina Australia and Sew Fab, Narrandera NSW.

The winners of the best knitted or crocheted garment, millinery and accessory will receive $500 each sponsored by Fox & Lillie Rural and Henty Machinery Field Days.

Bernina Australia and Sew Fab are donating a Bernete 44 Funlocker valued at $750 as an encouragement award for the best garment by a student designer.

“Designers may supply their own models, or we do have Year 10 students from Billabong High School who are given modelling tuition leading up to this event,’’ Mrs Jacobsen said.

“We are expecting strong entries this year as many people sewed throughout the pandemic and it will be exciting to see their work.”

People interested in entering the awards can contact Lyn Jacobsen on 0428 690 222, email naturalfibre@hmfd.com.au or phone the HMFD office on (02) 6929 3305. The 17th annual Henty Natural Fibre Awards is part of the 2022 Henty Machinery Field Days program that runs from 20 to 22 September 2022. See more on the link.