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Beyond the Bale : September 2014
24 OFF FARM Fashion design talent must be in the water in the NSW central west town of Orange, with another Year 10 student from Kinross Wolaroi School winning AWI’s 2014 Wool4Skool® competition, following on from the win last year by Sophie Aylward of Kinross Wolaroi. Clancy Davies-Etheridge’s 1960s-inspired design was chosen by the judging panel this year and her entry caught the eye of leading Australian fashion designer Jonathan Ward. “The design is such a contemporary adaptation of the sixties, utilising Merino wool in a combination of styling and design,” said Mr Ward. “The design lines are fluid, and each individual piece has a lovely relationship with the others offering a nice balance of colour and detailing.” In this year’s edition of the nationwide Wool4Skool® competition, students were asked to design an outfit inspired by the past 50 years of fashion – a theme which ties in nicely with the 50th anniversary of the Woolmark brand. 1040 very high quality entries from 400 schools across the country were received by AWI this year. With such a large participation rate, Wool4Skool® continues to remain an integral part of AWI’s mission to tell the story of Australian wool to high school students. It offers a real-life fashion design experience whilst teaching students about the versatility, innate luxury and potential of the fibre. Using 1960s model Twiggy as her muse, winner Clancy Davies-Etheridge designed a three-piece outfit inspired by the 1960s, but with a contemporary look and feel. The tight-fitting dress has been designed using flat-knit single jersey wool, with 12 gauge, 230gsm; the cape – to be the same rust colour as the dress – was designed to use thickly felted wool; and the thigh- high legwarmers are a heavy circular knit, 2x2 rib, 100 per cent machine washable 7 gauge, 750gsm. Both the dress and the cape are 100 per cent Merino wool, with the legwarmers 80 per cent Merino wool. “I knew a bit about Australian Merino wool before I entered the Wool4Skool® competition, as we used to run Merino sheep on our sheep station, so I knew a lot about where wool comes from, and the process of how Australia breeds the best Merino wool,” Clancy said. “However I didn’t know much about how the fashion industry uses wool, and by going through the process I came to understand just how versatile the product is. In particular, I have become aware of just how many different ways wool can be treated and woven, knitted, felted or bonded to create so many unique properties.” Planned by teachers and textile experts for the years 7 to 10 education curriculum, Wool4Skool® offers a rewarding design experience without the students actually having to make the outfit. Entrants are aided by fabric samples and extensive educational resources developed in line with the Design and Technology curriculum, tailored for each state. Year 11 teachers are also provided with the same resources and have the ability to alter the provided lesson plans to suit their own requirements. Once again the winning Year 10 entry will be brought to life by Jonathan Ward and will feature in a photoshoot in Girlfriend magazine. Year 11 winner Christine Zhou, from Methodist Ladies College in Melbourne, has won one week’s internship with leading designers Camilla and Marc. “Christine incorporated interesting prints that had a natural feeling and understanding of the brief,” explained Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman after judging the Year 11 entries. “She exhibited a good understanding of wool fabrics and construction, using wool to create modern silhouettes while capturing a fresh, minimal design aesthetic.” Christine’s design was inspired by the current era, taking inspiration from sportswear, digital prints and architectural shapes to create a modern and contemporary design with a futuristic look and feel. SWINGING Kinross Wolaroi student Clancy Davies-Etheridge has won the Year 10 section of AWI’s Wool4Skool® competition and will have her design turned into reality by leading Australian fashion designer Jonathan Ward. Christine Zhou from Melbourne’s Methodist Ladies College took out the Year 11 division and has won one week’s internship with Australian fashion label Camilla and Marc. A page from the Year 10 winning design entry of Clancy Davies-Etheridge, from Kinross Wolaroi School, NSW. The 2014 competition attracted 1040 entries from more than 400 high schools right across Australia. ARE BACK! SIXTIES