Model Kate Dillewaard in a stunning Nelson Molloy creation bound for the catwalk at the Ekka’s Cotton and Wool parades.
Model Kate Dillewaard in a stunning Nelson Molloy creation bound for the catwalk at the Ekka’s Cotton and Wool parades.

Humble fibres take centre stage

FROM the paddocks of the Central Highlands to the catwalks of the Royal Queensland Show, the iconic Cotton and Wool fashion parades are an industry showcase.

The fab fibre creations of more than 16 Brisbane designers will be the highlight of the Ekka’s most glamorous event.

RNA chief executive Jonathan Tunny said the parades paid tribute to Queensland’s agricultural sector through the innovative promotion of cotton and wool.

“A key cornerstone of Ekka is education and the heart of the show is all about bringing city and country together,” he said.

“The parades encompass this by showcasing the diversity of our cotton and wool industries to city audiences.

“Quality wool and cotton fabrics remain the most versatile and enduring of all and in the hands of designers of the calibre featured in these parades, the remarkable quality and endurance of the two will be fully displayed.

“By selecting designers who have chosen to work in natural fibres, we are celebrating the finest nature has to offer.

“The parades are a wonderful highlight of the Ekka and draw massive crowds and it’s great to see local designers able to showcase their designs on this unique stage.

“It’s an event not to be missed.”

Designers featured this year include dogstar, Francis Leon, Jacqueline Buck, Sacha Drake, Bora, Darb Couture, Nelson Molloy, Maiocchi and Neon Heartache.

The Cotton and Wool parades will be staged in the auditorium in the Walter Burnett Building at 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm daily.

Fashion event director Lindsay Bennett, who created the original Cotton and Wool parades, will once again produce the event.


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