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Beyond the Bale : September 2013
23 OFF-FARM Celebrating the women who grow and work with the world’s premium natural fibre, the Women of Wool “High Tea” event at the 136th Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo was a show highlight. Leading Australian fashion designer Collette Dinnigan was guest of honour at the AWI-sponsored event, speaking to more than 200 women about her romance with wool, before having a meet and greet with some of the country’s finest Merinos – similar to the ones which produce wool for her garments. Ms Dinnigan has introduced consumers from across the world to the natural beauty of Australian Merino wool through her internationally renowned collections. Having worked with wool for much of her distinguished career, Ms Dinnigan is a strong advocate of Australian wool and is an AWI ambassador. Master of Ceremonies was ABC Central Victoria breakfast presenter Jonathan Ridnell who conducted a question and answer segment with Ms Dinnigan, covering a wide range of topics, from her time spent on the South Australian Wool Board during the early-1990s, through to her strong dislike of wire coat hangers! Ms Dinnigan explained how her passion for wool stems from her upbringing on the land and of her knowledge of working with wool throughout her career. During the event, six Collette Dinnigan garments that showed at Paris Fashion Week were modelled for the audience. “I am very proud to be an ambassador for Australian Wool Innovation,” Ms Dinnigan said. “I was honoured to have its support for September 2013 BEYOND THE BALE From farm to fashion my recent show in Paris where Australian wool was prominently used. “Wool is so accessible now to people. What they need to know is how easy it is to wash and it’s not scratchy underwear; you can have great, fine wool. It breathes and it’s natural.” AWI’S Runway 101 Kit, which includes wool garments from leading Australian designers and brands including Alex Perry, ELLERY, Josh Goot, Ginger & Smart and camilla and marc was a hit at the Show’s fashion parade. Australian Sheep Breeders Association president Peter Baker said the show was a significant event in the industry’s calendar. “It is an exciting event which celebrates the very best the industry has to offer. This year we also honoured executive committee member Robyn Russell with a lifetime membership for her role in developing the Women of Wool event.” More information: www.collettedinnigan.com.au To learn more about Collette Dinnigan’s romance with wool, visit http://www. woolmark.com/working-with-wool/fashion FAST FACTS l Fashion designer Collette Dinnigan was guest of honour at this year’s Women of Wool “High Tea” event at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo, Victoria. l More than 200 people packed the event to listen to a question and answer segment about Ms Dinnigan’s career and see garments which she showed at Paris Fashion Week. l AWI sponsored the event and also showed its Runway 101 kit which includes wool garments from leading Australian designers and brands. Renowned fashion designer Collette Dinnigan at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show with Andrew Davis of Harden, NSW and Peter Lette of Berridale, NSW. PHOTO: The Land.