ONE of the state wool industry's most highly anticipated events is preparing for a major comeback in 2022.
The New England-based Fleece to Fashion Awards will return in 2022 after a two-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus forced the event's co-ordinators to cancel the past two events, which act as a showpiece for the country's Merino wool industry and its growing impact on global manufacturers and fashion designers.
Traditionally held in spring, organisers have opted to host next year's event at the iconic Deeargee Woolshed, near Uralla, in the state's Northern Tablelands, across the weekend of May 6-7.
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It's hoped the seasonal conditions of the Northern Tablelands in autumn will provide the perfect backdrop for the event, which attracts producers from across the country.
"Early May is a superb time of year in the New England region - the countryside and livestock typically look a picture, with glorious shades of autumn colours emerging, and we look forward to showing it all off when we host our event at Deeargee Station," Fleece to Fashion chairman Lachlan Fulloon, Cressbrook Merinos, Armidale, said.
"We cannot wait to see a few hundred patrons from across the wool supply chain - from fashion designers, producers, agricultural industry professionals and educators - donning their black-tie wares in the paddock with one of Australia's most iconic woolsheds in the backdrop.
"It will be a sight to see and a night to remember."
Known for it's characteristic structure, the octagonally shaped Deeargee Station's woolshed was built in 1872 to replace an earlier shearing shed that had been destroyed by fire.
Despite not usually being open to the public, the historic site is still in use by the Sutherland family, Deeargee Merinos and Speckle Park studs.
"Events like ours are only possible with immense community engagement, support, and collaboration," Mr Fulloon said.
"We are honoured and extremely grateful to the Sutherland family for their involvement in the upcoming event."
Entries for the 2022 Fleece to Fashion Awards are now open and can be made via firstname.lastname@example.org for the following categories:
- Secondary School - 1920's Chanel theme.
- Emerging Designer - (Tertiary students only).
- Sportswear - Olympic Games uniform.
- Wearable Art - Disney theme.
- Diversity in Wool - encouraging multicultural designer entries using wool.
- Racewear - Formal evening wear and suiting.
- Bridal Wear.
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