Designers showcase the world of wool

Laura Turner and Emma Keegan, both of Youngtown, model fashions for the Campbell Town Show. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

Laura Turner and Emma Keegan, both of Youngtown, model fashions for the Campbell Town Show. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

WHAT: Campbell Town Show fashion parade

WHERE: Campbell Town Showgrounds

WHEN: 11am and 2pm tomorrow

"WELCOME to the world of wool."

For more than a decade, Melbourne promoter and events manager Christopher Horne has been casting a watchful eye over fashions for the annual Campbell Town Show.

Yesterday, models Emma Keegan and Laura Turner were under Horne's instructions as they styled some of an extensive woollen collection.

Layering and a variety of mixed textures will feature strongly at the show's annual fashion parade, to be run from 11am and 2pm tomorrow.

"It's all part and parcel of great Launceston dressing, I call it because you need it, I can tell you," Horne said.

One-off designs from Hobart's Jan Dineen, who will be showing for her second time this year, are expected to generate interest from audiences with her Tasmanian designs.

"They're all hand-knitted, she goes by a story every year - this is evidently the history of Tasmania," Horne said.

"Every time I come down here, about four months before the show, I say to her `start knitting!' Her works are phenomenal, she is brilliant."

Never fear, fashions for men will also be shown tomorrow, featuring superfine weave suits.

"There's heaps of really fabulous wool collections from Henry Bucks," Horne said.

"We bring them over from the mainland each year. We've got really fine wool suits, which almost look like silk.

"This is what wool is doing these days, it's really changing - not only the thick wool that we see down here, but we're seeing these really fine wools coming in."

Items from RMIT design students, Australian Wool Innovation, Camilla and Marc and more will feature at the parade.

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