Farming to meet fashion at Elmore Field Days next week

SHADE cloth, tarpaulin, wire, aluminium cans and silver insulation are not items you usually associate with runway fashion.

But at next week’s Elmore Field Days, anything found on the farm can be served up as avant-garde in the Ag Art competition.

There are 49 entries this year competing in the four categories: avant-garde, designer, under 21s and a hat section.

Designers must produce their entire outfit, including bag, hair accessories and shoes, from items found on a farm.

Elmore Field Days general interest area chairwoman Lorraine Trewick brought the idea back from a field day in New Zealand in 2000.

“It’s amazing to see how people can be so creative,” she said. 

“I love witnessing how clever people are.”

Mrs Trewick said this year’s batch of entries was particularly strong.

“Every year we send out the entry form and get boxes of entries back and you have no idea what you will get. 

“When we get together to open the boxes we say it’s like Christmas.”

This year the Elmore and national competitions will be combined for the first time.

Four art and crafts specialist will adjudicate the fashion shows on Tuesday and Wednesday, and deliver their verdict Thursday. 

“We look for pieces with the real wow factor,” Mrs Trewick said. 

“Especially in avant-garde, it’s got to be something way out there.”

Elmore resident Rhiana Micheel is modelling for the second year and studies fashion.

“I like the creativeness. How you can find these amazing things of a farm is great to see,” she said.

First-year model Jaimee Lee Tobin said she had been looking forward to the event for weeks.

“It’s artwork in an outfit. It’s amazing the imagination needed.

“I’m so excited. I’ve been waiting for this for ages.”

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