New Zealand designer Laurel Judd has secured back-to-back wins in the Henry Natural Fibres Fashion Awards, wowing the judges with her cream lace felted dress.
Modelled by Billabong High School Year 10 student Ashleigh Mulloy from Holbrook, the dress featured a circular overskirt with matching hairpiece and earrings.
Ms Judd was also awarded the Best Knitted or Crocheted Garment at the Henty Machinery Field Days last week for her figure hugging grey knitted dress with cerise ruffle highlights.
Judged by David Tester from Albury, Roxanne Cooper from Sydney and Beryl Brain from Narrandera, the judges were unanimous in their final decision.
Open to amateurs and professionals, the awards recognise the innovative use of natural fibres from paddock to catwalk in creative but wearable clothing utilising natural fibres such as wool, alpaca, angora, mohair, cashmere, cotton, silk and linen.
Awards organiser Lyn Jacobsen said the contest had attracted almost 90 entries, including 28 millinery entries, from around the nation including entries from New Zealand and a traditional Nepalese design.
Wodonga designer Cathy Upton won the accessories section with a pink and grey felted bag with matching coin purse.
Ms Upton said the bag used a seamless felting method, taking up to 18 hours to complete.
‘‘It is all about durability or small, slow fashion and having an item which lasts more than a season.
‘‘The bag can be put into the washing machine and easily pushed back into shape.’’