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Ekka Calls For Regional Designers To Strut Their Stuff

Ekka Calls For Regional Designers To Strut Their Stuff

| On 28, Mar 2017

Do you fancy yourself to be a fashion designer? Love the thrill of a new challenge? Live Regional?

Queensland is calling you. The organisers of the Royal Queensland Show, fondly known amongst the locals as The Ekka, are calling on designers from across Queensland. This year, there will be a keen focus on the regional areas outside Brisbane, with designers being able to participate in the Ekka’s natural fibres fashion parade. This is the biggest parade in the event and is in its 26th year, running multiple times daily for the duration of the Ekka, August 11-20.  So whether you’re from Cairns or Mooloolaba, Rockhampton or Coolangatta, designers of every kind can submit their designs for clothing pieces constructed out of materials of their choosing whether it be wool, cotton, silk, bamboo or many others.

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Laura Churchill, Fashion Event Director for the Ekka, found what sparked the push for regional talent came from a desire to “make the show as broad and as inclusive as possible and I think to be able to include designers from all over Queensland is a great way to do that. Ekka is about much more than just Brisbane.”  So what is she looking for in submissions? “Basically what I’m looking for is just creative use of natural fibres, the parades are all about connecting the agricultural industry with fashion so celebrating Queensland’s industries of cotton and wool but designers are able to whatever natural fibres they wish in their designs and the only real stipulation is that it has to be runway ready.”




There will be 12 spots available for the regional submissions as well as some from Brisbane’s top designers and promising tertiary design students. Applicants wishing to submit must do so by emailing their expressions of interest, photos and/or sketches of designs to Applications close April 30 with those selected notified May 12.

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