The Eumundi Markets is a breeding ground for up-and-coming fashion designers on the Sunshine Coast and south-east Queensland and on the weekend of September 20 and 21 the markets showcased this in its annual Fashion Fiesta and Wearable Art competition.
I was privileged to be asked to MC the Fashion Fiesta parades on Saturday and join the juding panel for the Wearable Art competition on the Sunday.
At both events, I was blown away by the high standard and diversity. The Sunshine Coast fashion industry is definitely in very good hands.
And my message to fashion followers with a green conscience is this … buy your fashion pieces as close to the source as possible. If the item includes reclaimed materials and includes organic fabrications, all the better.
My picks of fashion designers to watch out for:
GladRagz (www.gladragz.com.au) is a quirky label designed by Wendy Stanley which uses reclaimed materials to create fashion that is an eclectic mix of bohemian fused with a retro vintage style. In 2007 GladRagz was nominated for several environmental awards: “for outstanding efforts given to recycling” by Noosa Council and for “innovation given to recycling” by Sunshine Coast Environment Council. This year GladRagz was invited, among other outstanding Independent Australian designers, to showcase its range in an “ethical fashion showcase”, as part of Melbourne Spring Fashion week. Yes, green is very groovy.
Eleven men’s clothing label is the creation of local Eumundi visual artist/designer Martha Bridget and her business partner Joanne Bruce. The label’s debut range features designs inspired by the ’70s era. Look for original print tee shirt designs that are “cool” in more ways than one … ultra soft and fine 100% cotton fabric is carefully sourced for superior quality and comfort. Eleven also does a “man bag” – a suede cross-shoulder satchel ideal for the travelling man on the go.
Katie Clarke (www.myspace.com/katieclarke_designs) was a finalist in the Wearable Art competition and already stocks her designs in a retail outlet – Fred and Ginger Boutique, Peregian Beach. Her designs are for women and men of all ages. Garments and all designs are handmade by Katie herself. Her entry in the competition was inspired by the lotus flower (see second from top). Katie created the piece using bright, colourful bed sheets and pillowcases. Katie also teamed up with fellow designer Damara Graham to create an ethereal white wonderland dress (see top) made from op shop curtains and dresses – they drew inspiration from a pure environment and the beauty of the fairy. Damara’s designs are available at Maroochy Markets on Sundays.