From farm to catwalk

October 10, 2017

Model Sarah Trewick wears "Trapped" by 12 year-old designer Klara Fennell at the Elmore field days. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Model Molly Taylor, 17 of Rochester wears "Winter Frost" by Jude Mirasol at the Elmore field days. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Ally Rosaia, Livia Rosaia, Lorraine Trewick, Sarah Trewick and Gabby Rosaia at the Elmore field days. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Designer Cherie McMaster with her creation Aggy, modelled by Grace Beckmans from Elmore.

Weird, wacky and wonderful creations were once again on show at Elmore Field Day’s annual Ag Art event, with everyday agricultural items given a new lease on life as couture fashion.

Thursday’s final saw 33 entrants compete for a suite of prizes, with winners announced in the hat, designer, 18 years and under, and avant garde categories.

Elmore Field Days general interest and Ag Art chair Lorraine Trewick said each year saw wonderful creations entered in the show, and this year was no exception.


‘‘I love it. I love seeing what everyone is wearing. Each parade has seen great crowds, it’s been full for every parade over the past three days,’’ she said.

‘‘I cannot believe what they come up with each year.’’

This year it was also a family affair for Mrs Trewick, with her four granddaughters — Sarah Trewick and Ally, Livia and Gabby Rosaia — modelling in the show.

Kilmore local and five-time Ag Art show veteran, Cherie McMaster, entered the avant garde category for the first time this year and was thrilled to take home the encouragement award.

Inspired by the the news the Bendigo Easter Parade will receive a new dragon in 2018, Ms McMaster set about creating her own version, her entry ‘Aggy’.

The outfit, modelled by 17-year-old Elmore local Grace Beckmans, was completely made from agricultural goods including rakes, water floats, bird tape, tarp, rope and washers.

Ms McMaster said the whole experience was ‘‘exciting’’.

‘‘I just like seeing the outfit on the models and seeing it come to life,’’ she said.

It was the culmination of a year of work, planning and ‘‘too many’’ hours according to the cafe manager, but ultimately she said it was worth it to see it walk down the catwalk.

The garment ‘Purple Showers’, designed by Jan Dew and modelled by 18-year-old Elisha Hopope from Bendigo, won the avant garde category; while Torrumbarry designer Helen Williams won the designer category for her garment ‘It Happens’.

Three students from Wonthaggi Secondary College were recognised for their work, with Abbey Grenville, Tara MacDermid and Jemma Gilmour’s design ‘Mermaid’ winning the 18 years and under category.

In the hat category, it was Kaylene McMaster’s design ‘Daisy’ that stunned the judges to be awarded first place.

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