Liz Foster talks to us about the preparations for this year’s Australian Wool Fashion Awards.
How are the plans for this year’s Wool Awards going?
Plans are well underway for 2011. Several sections have a new name or a change of brief, and a whole new category has been added.
The new category is Wool4Skool, which is a drawing section for school students in Years 9 and 10. The students do not have to make their design, but we will have the winning design constructed and shown for the first time on Awards Night.
Most school students dislike their school uniform and would love to design something more modern. Many school uniforms have no wool content these days, so we are about to give students the chance to make a statement using the latest wool and wool blend fabrics as inspiration.
Step One is for Teachers of Textiles or Design & Technology to register expressions of interest online at www.wool4skool.nsw.edu.au Wool fabric samples will be sent to registered schools. Students will then be able to design their uniforms and submit them online. This section has no entry fee, and the prize is $1,000 for the winner and $700 for the runner up.
Other section changes for 2011 are:
Section Two is the Secondary School Award. This year’s brief is Racewear ‘Victorian Derby Day’ (Black & White), and we have lovely wool fabric available to any secondary school student in Australia from which to make their entry.
We give 2 metres to each student; however, there is only 180 metres, so it is ‘first in first served’ for the donated free fabric. All entries must be the complete ‘fashion on the field’ look and should include a fascinator or hat, gloves, bag and shoes, just as you would expect if you were part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Festival.
Section Three is the Young Designer Award, which replaces the Tertiary Award. The maximum age is 30, and the section is open to students currently enrolled or who have completed study at a Tertiary Institute. Entries this year must be ‘six looks’. Again, TAWFA has black wool chiffon fabric free to entrants in this section; just contact the Wool Awards office via email or phone, and a sample will be posted.
Section Four is Knitwear. Entries in this section can be hand or machine knitted, crocheted, or knitted then felted. This section is not for circular knit fabrics.
Section Five is Woven & Stretch. Entries can be an outfit for any occasion using woven OR jersey or circular knit fabrics.
Section Eight is Teen Wear, replacing Children’s Wear. Entrants can design teenage garments for ages 11 to 14 years.
Section Ten is Wearable Art – Fantasy Wear. This year’s brief is Storybook. Entries can be any storybook character.
Who can enter The Awards, and how?
The Awards are for everyone – young, older, school or tertiary students, up and coming designers or home dressmakers.
Do you need any models for this year’s event?
As always, we lose some of our previous models. They finish school and leave Armidale to do gap year, attend university and even concentrate on Year 12! So the answer is “yes”; we do need some new faces.
Is there a modelling school coming up?
On Sunday 13 February we will hold the second of our Training / Audition days. If you would like to be a model for The Australian Wool Fashion Awards or just like to learn how to walk and present yourself, the day is for you.
The day long session includes professionals presenting ‘Healthy Body’, ‘Hair Care’ and ‘Skin & Makeup’. We teach you everything you need to know to be a member of our team. You leave with a taste of how it all happens.
The cost is $66 per person, including lunch. The day starts at 10am and concludes at 4pm.
If you are chosen to be in the TAWFA team, you will be notified after both training days have been completed. Bookings are essential.
How can people prepare for the upcoming Awards?
The best advice I can give potential entrants is to start early. Purchase your wool fabric, or apply for donated fabric now, design your garments and start sewing. I promise it will save a lot of stress when entries are due. Judging is done only days after entries close, so an extension of time is not an option.
Entries this year are due in on April 1 – a month later than last year. We want it to be a pleasant experience, with big prize rewards in the end. Rushed efforts are usually not your best work.
Thank you Liz.