Guardian Australia travels behind the scenes with the frameworks, designers and hangers-on at Sydneys parade
Its like a hurricane: one minute its pacify and then its chaos, announces Kate Reynolds from Melbourne design-duo Pageant moments before the start of their debut prove at Australian way week.
Behind her, 20 or so frameworks are furiously changing into their kits, half a dozen backstage photographers are herded together and repeatedly told do not cross the yellow-bellied videotape by an irate producer, and a doorman blocks a young woman from hurriedly entering the scene.
Im a framework, she complains. No-ones coming in and no-ones spanning that videotape, thats what Ive been told, he announces. But Im in this prove! she scoffs, veering around him while rolling her eyes at the snappers.
It feels like a microcosm of way week, where colouring and drama are abundant, punctuality is unheard of, and living the week is half the battle.
Held at Carriageworks in Sydney, this years occurrence has ascertained 43 demonstrates from 67 designers, with clothes worn by 1,080 frameworks. There have been approximately 30,000 guests, 400 photographers, 500 volunteers and too many bloggers to count. And after the demonstrates, its still not quite over yet: theres a period of way seminars to go.
Fashion is a booming industry in Australia, the indulgence sector alone is worth in excess of$ 2bn in annual incomes and one model on the runway this year, Jordan Barrett, is said to be giving $100,000 for a minutes work.
Were developing as a nation that wants to dress most effective and be more way awareness, announces Jordan Stenmark, one half of the Stenmark twins, Australias most recognisable male frameworks. And even though there might merely be something like 24 million of us, theres so much ability out here. So youve got to celebrate whats being done back home.
The twins attended the opening prove by Dion Lee at Sydney Opera House on Sunday afternoon Lee was establishing his fourth appearing at the venue whose geometric figure has so inspired him and were impressed by his colorful collection featuring sliced Akubra hats and oversized jackets.
I envisaged the Dion Lee prove was marvelous. Hes such a talented decorator because he plays with textures and slice really well. Hes been able to own that. Over the years hes actually set Australian way on the map.