For its 140th year, the Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) will be taking audiences Back to Nature with the Natural Fibre Fashion Parades. Running for the 26th year, 27 women’s and menswear designers have been chosen from around Queensland to display their work.
In 30 shows over 10 days, designers will be showcasing their farm to fashion style by interpreting natural fibres of cotton, wool, silk and leather. They will showcase their garments on the newly designed dual runway. That means plenty of front row seat access for all the fashion lovers out there! Categories include daywear, racing and occasion, regional and the ever-popular formal and bridal shows.
With so much variety there will be a collection to suit everyone’s taste.
Both Brisbane local and regional designers have been chosen to show off their work. The vibrant and artistic Brisbane designers include: White Label Noba, Daughter of the Moon, Tengdahl, Urbbana, Sticks and Stone, Pia Du Pradal, Gail Sorronda, George & King, Sacha Drake, Irma J Smith, Maiocchi, George Wu, Wil Valor, Wendy Makin, and Darb Bridal Couture.
Regional designers from as far as Townsville have also been chosen to showcase. Nikke Horrigan from Ipswich, Ella and Sunday from the Sunshine Coast, Alexander Kennedy from Toowoomba and Tyler Giudes from Townsville will also have their time to shine.
Other new additions include the Maker’s Market and the student design competition. The dedicated student design segment will include work from students at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Billy Blue, Australian Institute of Creative Design (AICD) and TAFE Qld. The new initiative will give eight students an opportunity to present their unique flair.
The Back to Nature theme will not only be highlighted across the designer collections but will be seen throughout the entire show including the staging and music. The creators of the parade also have a few extra surprises in store that attendee’s will be sure to enjoy.
Show your support and come and see all of the amazing talent that Queenslander’s have to show off.
Words: Jade Byers-Pointer