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Beyond the Bale : March 2017
As the 2017 Wool4School competition starts to heat up, we take a look at last year’s Year 10 winner’s design, brought to life by fashion designer Jonathan Ward and getting snapped by Girlfriend magazine. With the world saying goodbye to music legends Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Sharon Jones and George Michael in 2016, there’s never been a better time to honour celebrity musicians. And AWI’s Wool4School challenge is asking just that. Registrations are now open for the 2017 competition (see box below). Students are asked to design an outfit for their favourite musician to wear on stage during a performance. The outfit, complete with wool accessory, should be made from at least 80 per cent Australian Merino wool. Students and teachers from across Australia are encouraged to register, and for the first time, the competition is now open to Year 12 students, giving those serious about entering the fashion industry some real life, practical experience, with the winner granted a scholarship for the Whitehouse Institute of Design. The Year 10 winner of last year’s competition – which had a sporting theme – Annie Liao, from Radford College, Canberra, saw her equestrian design brought to life by leading fashion designer Jonathan Ward, and was lucky enough to feature in her very own photo shoot with Girlfriend magazine (pictured left). "I was thrilled, super excited and honoured when I was contacted about how I went in the competition,” said Annie. “I am grateful for this opportunity; I learnt so many interesting things about the various and diverse applications of Merino wool for clothing and the competition was definitely a super fun experience overall.” First launched in 2012, Wool4School has gone on to involve more than 40,000 students nationwide, not only learning the fundamentals of fashion design but also exploring the benefits and versatility of wool and the fabric it creates. By putting wool into the minds of Australia’s future fashion designers, Wool4School encourages students to welcome innovative thinking and creative design, in keeping with AWI’s tradition of fostering the wool education of the future generation. WOOL4SCHOOL WOOLGROWERS AND PARENTS Contact your local high school and encourage them to get involved in the Wool4School program. Information for schools and teachers is available at www.wool4school.com. YEAR 7-12 TEACHERS Simply register your school and year groups at www.wool4school.com to receive a free Merino wool fabric pack and resource kit for the classroom. YEAR 7-12 STUDENTS Learn more about the exciting competition at www.wool4school.com and talk to your teacher about getting involved. KEY DATES Registrations and submissions opened: 30 November 2016 Registrations close: 31 May 2017 Submissions close: 26 July 2017 The Year 10 winner of the 2016 Wool4School competition – which had a sporting theme – Annie Liao, from Radford College, Canberra, with a model wearing Annie’s winning equestrian design. WOOL4SCHOOL 2017 GETS MUSICAL HOW TO GET INVOLVED OFF FARM 25
In the Shops - March 2017