Calliope Catwalk Fashion Design Awards - Design by Anne-Marie Hoffman.
Calliope Catwalk Fashion Design Awards - Design by Anne-Marie Hoffman. Mike Richards

Competition fierce at Calliope Catwalk awards

IT was a fashionable affair at Calliope on Saturday when ladies and gentlemen gathered for the Calliope Catwalk Fashion Design Awards.

With 110 individual garments modelled across the 10 different categories, it was a fierce competition.

Calliope State School P&C member and event organiser Lynda Ninness was impressed by the garments.

"It was an outstanding show, I have received good feedback from everyone who attended," she said.

Now in its third year, the competition also had entries from north Queensland and Victoria.

Ms Ninness said nearly half of the entrants were out-of-towners.

Judges Chris Twine, Karen Ford and Kelly-Anne Russell were faced with some difficult decisions.

But Gladstone region residents got awards in eight of the 13 categories.

"Quite a few of the decisions took quite a while ... usually you can kind of tell who may win but in some of the categories there were so many great garments," Ms Ninness said.

Attendees were also looking dapper.

Michelle and Dianne Carlyon, Marcia Rickman and Jill Pengelly were first-timers but looked forward to a beautiful afternoon.

"We're here to support the local school," Carlyon said.

Kylie Shaw and Jasmin Quilter were supporting their daughters.

"Our daughters are modelling here today, it's their first time so we're here to watch them and support them," they said.

Funds raised from the event will go to the Calliope State Primary School.

THE WINNERS

  • Children's wear: Tamara Oliver
  • Recycled wear: Samantha Sullivan
  • Primary students: Ty Southwick
  • Gym and leisure: Maria Wong
  • Wearable art: Beryl Wood
  • Secondary: Jade Herring
  • Cutting edge: Svenja XX
  • Accessories: Meg Rafter
  • Racewear: Helen McGuire
  • Bridal/evening wear: Teegan Du Toit
  • Encouragement award student: Paige Appleby
  • Open encouragement: Rikki-Lee Ibbotson
  • Best overall designer: Helen McGuire


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