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WoolOn Creative Fashion Event 2019.

Region: Alexandra
Dates: Tue, 30 April 2019 - Fri, 31 May 2019 @ Daily

  • WoolOn Creative Fashion Event 2019.

WoolOn Awards 2019, August 30th and 31st. 

From its humble beginnings, WoolOn has become a regular feature on the Central Otago Events Calendar.  Now attracting entries from all over New Zealand and overseas, it has grown from a small show on a very limited budget into two nights of fashion extravaganza. Wool is an important story not only for Central Otago where the Awards are held but also for New Zealand.  The Central Otago region’s landscape has always been the perfect backdrop to inspire designers’ fashion clothing over the years. The WoolOn Creative Fashion Event makes the connection between fibre, art, and glamour. You see bold cutting edge design from a beautiful raw product. All garments entered must be 75% wool and there are eight categories in the event. The first show was in 2004 in Molyneux Park Stadium in Alexandra. Over the years the aim has been to raise the production standards and present a fashion event on par with anything in New Zealand. This is a celebration of wool fibre, recognising the traditional creative arts of knitting as well as exploring new design and encouraging younger people to get involved. The event includes the popular Streetwear, Special Occasion, and Avant-Garde sections. Also, an exciting section called Collections that allow designers to enter their garments with a common look and feel. In recognition of the many techniques suitable for creating wool garments, there are specialise craft sections and a new Accessories section to showcase designers talents more broadly. To encourage young designers there is the Under 23 Emerging Designer Award or the Novice section for designers who may be experienced in their craft but haven’t previously entered an awards event. 

Judges are from a range of fields – Fashion, education and industry leaders lending their talent and experience to an outstanding event. This year's judges are Simon Swale, Jamie Richards and Jenny Kelly. 

The fashion show runs for two nights. On Friday the 30th of August, the First Look Event will be held and on Saturday 31st of August, the annual WoolOn Awards hit the stage.

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