Show's works of art wear well
'It had to be wearable'EVAN HARDING
The catwalk came alive in Invercargill last night, with an array of Southland-made wearable art garments being modelled for a crowd of 500.
Among the 32 garments modelled was one called The Tea Lady, with the evening's host saying 1640 cups of teabag tea provided the materials.
Members of four Invercargill Inner Wheel clubs had spent hundreds of hours designing, sewing, gluing and painting the wearable art garments for the FibreOctave Wearable Art and Music Extravaganza at Ascot Park Hotel.
Southland musicians and singers also created items for the two-hour show.
Inner Wheel member Gaye McElroy said its members had taken about six months to create the clothing exhibits. Their brief was simple. "It had to be art and it had to be wearable."
The task had taken them out of their comfort zones, she said.
"It was a new experience for the women. They loved it and they have been very creative. It wasn't just design and sewing, it was a construction and engineering feat to get some of these things together."
Other garments on show included a dragon made from bird netting over a wooden frame and with velvet wings, Rose The Chocolate Fish, made from Roses chocolate wrappers, a bumble bee and a Lizzie Belle number, made in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
The show raised $10,000 for St John Ambulance in Invercargill.
The Inner Wheel Club is one of the biggest women's organisations in the world, starting in Britain as a friendship club for the wives of Rotarians.
Membership was later extended to allow members to invite other women to join.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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