The winners of the 32nd Australian Wool Fashion Awards have been revealed, as 90 finalists descended upon the Historic Saumarez Homestead in Armidale, New South Wales to showcase their Merino wool wares.
There were numerous categories wool aficionados could grab awards in, from Knitwear and Workwear to the Young Designer Award and the Secondary School Award - Alice in Wonderland.
Fibre2Fashion.com reported on the winners, with Laurel Judd from Napier, New Zealand taking the biggest plaudits after not only walking away wioth the Racewear and Knitwear awards, but also the Supreme Award. This ensured she walked home with a winning gold and diamond pendant and earrings with a value of $10,000 (£6,900) that were donated by Margot Edwina Rees Antiques in Tenterfield.
The winner of the Workwear category was Shea Cameron from Biggera Waters, Queensland, who is a student at Queensland University of Technology. Larissa Murdock from Werribee in Victoria, meanwhile, was crowned the champion of the Recycled Wool category for her get-up that was made entirely from knitted jumpers she acquired from charity shops.
Judy Bond of Buronga, New South Wales managed to secure first prize in Wearable Art, while also securing second place in Knitwear and Evening Wear. She was beaten off by Jane Frazer of Deniliquin in the latter category, whose cream and gunmetal gown made from Wool Charne blew away the judges.
A duo of dressmakers, Libby Spring and Celia Fraser from Fullarton, South Australian, won the Bridal Wear category with a gown that featured Nanna’s lace curtains.
The Secondary School Award - Alice in Wonderland prize went to Laura Davis from All Saints Anglican School, Merrimac on the Gold Coast of Queensland. It earned her a scholarship to North Sydney’s Raffles College of Design that lasts for three years and guarantees her half fees.
Whitehouse Institute of Design Drawing and Academy of Design scholarships were also handed out at the event, which went to three students each.