Guardian Australia travels behind the scenes with the modelings, decorators and hangers-on at Sydneys parade
Its like a hurricane: one minute its appease and then its chaos, supposes Kate Reynolds from Melbourne design-duo Pageant instants before the start of their debut present at Australian mode week.
Behind her, 20 or so modelings are furiously changing into their clothings, half a dozen backstage photographers are herded together and repeatedly told do not cross the yellow tape by an irate producer, and a doorman blocks a young woman from hurriedly entering the scene.
Im a simulate, she complains. No-ones coming in and no-ones crossing that tape, thats what Ive been told, he supposes. But Im in this present! she scoffs, veering around him while rolling her eyes at the snappers.
It feels like a microcosm of mode week, where colour and drama are abundant, punctuality is unheard of, and surviving the week is half the battle.
Held at Carriageworks in Sydney, this years event has realized 43 depicts from 67 decorators, with garments worn by 1,080 modelings. There have been approximately 30,000 guests, 400 photographers, 500 volunteers and too many bloggers to count. And after the depicts, its still not quite over yet: theres a day of mode meetings to go.
Fashion is a booming industry in Australia, the indulgence sector alone is worth in excess of$ 2bn in annual incomes and one model on the runway this year, Jordan Barrett, is said to be paying $100,000 for a minutes work.
Were developing as a nation that wants to dress most effective and was becoming increasingly mode awareness, supposes Jordan Stenmark, one half of the Stenmark twins, Australias most recognisable male modelings. And even though there might merely be something like 24 million of us, theres so much talent out here. So youve got to celebrate whats being done back home.
The twins attended the opening present by Dion Lee at Sydney Opera House on Sunday afternoon Lee was inducing his fourth appearance at the venue whose geometric form has so inspired him and were impressed by his colourful collecting featuring sliced Akubra hats and oversized jackets.
I believed the Dion Lee present was fantastic. Hes such a talented designer because he plays with textures and slashes really well. Hes been able to own that. Over the years hes actually set Australian mode on the map.
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