Wearing 80 metres of rope may sound impossible, let alone fashionable, but 20-year-old Amber Hayes gave the look runway appeal at Wearable Art Townsville recently.
Wearable art designer Amber Hayes (right), her partner Samuel Pirret and model Ingrid Kotzee.
It took Amber Hayes a week to come up with the design of her rope dress, so when it was accepted into Wearable Art Townsville she knew it would be a mission to bring it to life.
“It took me two-and-a-half months to make the dress, using about 80 metres of rope,” says Amber, who drew inspiration from mythical warrior armour for the top and from the cages under old Victorian dresses for the skirt.
Model Ingrid Kotzee from SIA Model Management takes Amber Hayes’ rope dress for a spin on the catwalk.
I think events like this are a wonderful way to get people interested in the arts and showcase their creations in a unique way.
“I wanted it to feel like a strong presence on the catwalk because of how sturdy and industrial the materials I used are. But I also wanted it to be somewhat feminine and show off the model.”
Amber says the amount of work that goes into the creation of wearable art was a real eye-opener. However, far from dissuading Amber, the experience has reinforced her attraction to studying a Diploma of Interior Design and Decorating.
“Meeting some of the other designers was inspiring and the event itself has made me want to test myself more,” says Amber, who is currently a Team Leader at Hungry Jacks. “It’s definitely strengthened my decision to enter the design industry. The creations in the Avant Garde category where my favourites. It was amazing to see what the professionals created. I couldn’t possibly pick a favourite.”
Amber says she never imagined something that she created would command such a positive reaction from the crowd, with so many people wanting to take pictures of her dress.
“I think events like this are a wonderful way to get people interested in the arts and showcase their creations in a unique way,” Amber adds. “It’s a great way for students and designers to experiment with different mediums. It’s also a wonderful way to bring the community together and bring new life to Townsville.
“I can’t wait to take part in next year’s event.”