Designer: Donella Smith-Ashton.
Designer: Donella Smith-Ashton.

Locals put their designs on show at Calliope Catwalk

GIRLS and boys twirled on stage at the Calliope Catwalk on Saturday, as local youngsters got a taste of the fashion world.

The successful event is in its second year and showed signs of growing with 12 tables booked out by sponsors and the fashion focused at the Calliope State School hall.

Lynda Dwyer Ninness is a key organiser of the event and said 62 entries were received, mainly from the Gladstone region.

"(But also) Mackay and Brisbane," she said.

THE BEST: Secondary Students Category winner Designer: Hope Campbell.
THE BEST: Secondary Students Category winner Designer: Hope Campbell. Brenda Strong GLAFASH

Local designer Kellyanne Russell was one of three judges, and was thrilled at the inspired designs that were presented.

"It's an honour to be part of it," she said.

"I started out in fashion competitions just like this one at about 13. This is an amazing opportunity to participate in."

Creative designs were displayed from a variety of ages and experience levels, with ten categories to choose from.

First time seamstress and designer Hope Campbell, 15, from Trinity College, won the category for Secondary Wearable Art with for her punk style fairy outfit.

Hope said her design was inspired by a cubism assignment she and her classmates received in art class.

"But it sort of turned out punkish in the end," she said.

"I liked it. It actually shows a bit of my personality.

"I like it to be feminine but not dainty."

Local etiquette instructor Kathy Corones, who taught models how to walk, was MC of the event.

"If children are creating these things now, imagine what they'll create in years to come. I'm excited," she said.