Ipswich turns on style for fashion festival
FORGET Paris or Milan, for two days Ipswich will be the capital of fashion.
The glitz and glam of the fashion world will take over the city's vibe as it hosts its first Ipswich Fashion Festival.
The event will bring together existing and aspiring players in the industry, from designers and dressmakers to retailers and consumers.
Their talents will be showcased in an exciting schedule of fashion shows, workshops, markets and award ceremonies.
Marketing and promotions co-ordinator for Ipswich Events Sylvia Norton said the festival was about promoting the fashion industry within Ipswich.
"Our city is just as good as Brisbane when it comes to fashion," she said.
"These days, you're seeing a lot of unique boutiques opening up throughout the city in places like Ellenborough St.
"Our festival will give fashion enthusiasts the chance to discover a lot of hidden gems they may not know about."
The event kicks off on October 25 with a Gala Fashion Evening which highlights a range of wears by city designers and retail stockists.
The festival continues the next day with a Vintage Vixens and Retro Rockabilly' Fashion Fiesta in Ipswich City Square, featuring a parade of recycled and up-cycled fashion and numerous stalls.
It will be followed by a 'Catwalk Connections' parade at Riverlink which will exhibit designer pieces, bridal fashion design and student design award winners.
Co-owner of The Vintage Advantage in Brisbane St, Grant Quinn said his store would be among those to contribute outfits for the festival's opening gala night.
"We will also have a stall set up for the following day's Fashion Fiesta," he said.
"When our store was approached to take part, we were keen to jump on board straight away.
"I don't think there has ever been a festival like this offered in Ipswich...it's going to bring a whole lot of people into the city and showcase what we have on offer."
Among the guests of honour at the festival will be Brisbane-based designer Leigh Buchanan, best known for his work on Australia's Project Runway.
A former student at the original Bremer State High School, Mr Buchanan said he was excited to return to his home town to be a guest judge.
He will appear alongside Brisbane fashion designer Vanessa Hoe of 'When Freddie Met Lilly', a fashion house making big waves in the industry.
For more information or to enter the festival visit ipswichcentral.com.au and click on the Ipswich Fashion Festival link.