150th Anniversary of Wanganella Sheep Station

What an amazing team of Vintage Allsorts I have the pleasure of working with……

Last September 15 of my favourite creative allsorts accompanied me to a wonderful location for a very special and surreal event. I was asked to art direct , style and produce a vintage fashion parade to help celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Wanganella Merrino Stud which is the original home of one of Australia’s most influential merino sheep breeds in the industry.

The journey to this famous Australian property located north of Deniliquin, meant a little bit of creative logistics and planning which resulted in private charter fights being the best way to access the event. The Vintage Allsorts team are used to travelling for shows but his journey was quite an adventure and had some of the ladies either squealing with delight (or perhaps a touch of fear ) as our small planes took off the runway ‘Boonoke’ Bound.

When we arrived at the property it was every bit as beautiful as I had imagined it to be, using the homestead as a backdrop for the parade provided a picture perfect iconic setting to display beautiful examples of vintage wool garments.

I worked closely with Lorraine Foster and Grayson Cole from the Vintage Clothing Shop to showcase the incredible array of original and authentic wool garments from the 1920s through to the 1960s housed in their private archives. Together we curated a captivating retrospective parade ,which paid tribute to the wide spectrum of colours, designs and uses encompassed by Australian wool fashions.

We collaborated with Vintage Allsorts’ team of talented performers to create a fun and frolicking, sentimental sheep story romp, set to a quirky soundtrack and taking the guests on a time travelling trip ‘through the looking glass’ – with a few surprises in store…

The amazingly talented Lisa Toyer was responsible for the choreography and dance concepts which perfectly executed my vision and brought to life the characters and colour I wanted to add to the parade , including a Mad Men style secretary routine which lead into an a beach leisure wear party with all models wearing fine examples of vintage wool. Hula-hoop wonder woman Kira Carden truly stole the show with a high energy surf style routine that had the crowd gasping with glee and begging for more.

The intelligent , interested and animated feedback I enjoyed throughout the day was so incredibly satisfying. I had all demographics of people , curiously asking relevant and varied questions about specific elements of the parade and the most rewarding part was that it had them all talking about wool fashion, the history , design , culture and clothing. The parade sparked peoples imagination and they were desperate to know more. So for me asides from the obvious entertainment value we provided it had people looking deeper into the reason behind the parade and for me that is much more important as this is ultimately what the client wanted so we satisfied on all levels.

The night ended with some impromptu Go-Go dancing for Kate Cebrano and a whole lot of Rock’n’Roll.

I was so grateful for all of the individual efforts and commitment of Lorraine and Grayson and the Vintage Allsorts team to make the parade what it was.I am so proud to work with such a wonderful team of talented , multi-skilled , humble creatives. Looking forward to the next adventure…..


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