An Armidale fashion designer had her creations lauded as being among the country's best with an accolade at the recent Fleece to Fashion Awards. Fleece to Fashion awards week attract national entries for the different categories of pure merino wool products that have been turned into high fashion. Akira Isogawa was the international judge who enjoyed three days in Armidale.
Tracey Wright began her business Raw Fibre in July 2016 and she is now celebrating as a second place award winner in the sport wear section of the fleece to fashion competition.
Mrs Wright a dressmaker and designer loves high quality, natural fibres and has turned that long term appreciation into manufacturing women's clothing. Her submission included eight pieces of sports wear. The techno men and womens sports wear is very fine to touch and serviceable. It does perform well as a quick to dry sports performance garment.
She had begun design manufacture with the development of woollen tops which then moved into a full range of classic women's clothing. Her clothes are made from wool, cotton and silk all one hundred percent natural.
"I did something totally different.
"I didn't expect anything, really, my daughter was modelling for me and it was fun.
"I was so proud that my work was acknowledged by people from out of town."
The judges this year were: Akira Isogawa, Penny Ashby from Lady Kate Knitwear and Acey Firth the owner of Herd store in Scone.
The judging took place on Thursday July 4 and the winners were announced at a black and white tie event on Saturday evening.