Farm fashion graces catwalk

By Alana Christensen

From artificial insemination applicator tubes and rabbit skin to umbilical clamps and frost cloth, the Elmore Field Days Ag Art Wear competition always sees something unexpectedly beautiful created from everyday agricultural items.

This year’s show was no exception as models took to the catwalk to show off a number of unique and intricate designs.

In what was the penultimate ag art competition, it was Serviceton’s Nola Wallis who took out the Avant Garde category for her creation ‘Hazard Perception’, which was inspired by the need to appear safe in your surroundings.

Elmore Field Days general interest committee chair Lorraine Trewick said the creations this year were ‘‘magic’’, and hoped to see designers enter from around the region for the competition’s final event at next year’s field days.

‘‘Each parade we have had a house full and we’re absolutely delighted at that. Our numbers have been down but believe me, you can see the quality which is outstanding,’’ she said.

‘‘I would love past, present and future designers to join us next year, it will be our final ag art competition.’’

The competition — judged by Tom Henty, Joy Tatt and Ulrike von Radichevich — was a thrilling experience for 21-year-old Clarisse Jasmine Cruz, who received a highly commended award for her entry ‘Alambre De Saya’ in the Avant Garde category.

Having moved to Rochester from the Philippines three years ago, Ms Cruz said her family, especially her three dress-making uncles, were the inspiration for her garment, which included chicken wire, bird netting, alpaca wool and rabbit skin.