A UNIQUE event for the Gladstone region, the Calliope Catwalk Fashion Design Awards provides amateur designers the opportunity to explore their creativity and get a stepping stone into the fashion industry.
This year will mark the third year Calliope State School P&C has hosted the awards which has shown significant growth since it started, with 65 separate entries submitted last year.
Event coordinator Lynda Ninness has already started work on her designs and encourages others to begin their creative process. Her advice is worth its weight in awards.
Last year Lynda, who owns custom-made headpiece business Mystifying Creations, walked away with a triple victory receiving gongs for recycle wear, accessories and overall designer.
She said it typically took three weeks to construct a design from "go to woe".
"It depends on how much pattern drafting there is," she explained.
Lynda's foray into fashion started when she couldn't find headpieces to match race day outfits and decided to make her own.
Although Lynda had made dance costumes for her daughters, she said it was only since her involvement with the Calliope Catwalk that she had started designing clothes.
It also provides excellent exposure for those people who are running, or would like to start, small businesses in the region.
"The Calliope Catwalk Fashion Design Awards is a great opportunity for local people to showcase their design talents and their sewing skills, and also artists to showcase their things in our wearable art section as well," Lynda said.
"It's the only one in the area that I'm aware of."
The event has caught the attention of budding designers from out of the region, with fashion students of the Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE entering the awards in previous years
Entries need to be in by July 18, but garments don't need to be submitted until August 1.
The Calliope Catwalk Awards Gala will be held at Calliope State School on August 16 with the theme of Mad Hatters Tea Party.
The following categories are available for entrance in 2014:
- Primary students entry
- Secondary students entry
- Cutting edge
- Race wear
- Recycled fashions
- Wearable art
- Bridal and evening wear
- Leisure were (swim wear and gym wear)
- Children's wear
- Accessories (jewellery, headpieces, handbags, etc.)