Morphing Into Avant Garde

Image source: Photographer Fabio Nocera

It was a daring stance for NOOSA alive! when futuristic fashion collided with avant-garde fabulosity on the catwalk of the Noosa Regional Gallery. Helen Flanagan donned dark shades a la Anna Wintour in the front row.

The totally effervescent fashionista and creative director Carlie Wacker must have listened intently to legendary Vogue editor Anna Wintour when she said, “I’m interested in a girl who puts herself together in an original independent way after all fashion’s not about looking back, it’s always about looking forward.”

Wise words taken seriously when Carlie devised the unique concept of showcasing the best hair and make-up stylists plus fashion and costume designers in the region, in a one-off runway extravaganza at the Noosa Regional Gallery with a backdrop of activist-inspired artworks from the renowned Raquel Ormella whose textiles, installations, moving images and zines work in complex and contemplative ways.

Oh, and let’s not forget canapes-with-class by Nick Blake of Wild Forage Australia, French wines, VIP goodie bags and music to strut by. The never-before-seen presentation was a partnership between IN Noosa Magazine and Friends Noosa Regional Gallery, who are tireless fundraisers for Noosa Regional Gallery.

Friends President Narelle Cameron originally approached Ed-in-Chief Deb Caruso and Fashion Editor Carlie Wacker to present a fundraising fashion show as part of Noosa Alive! Over a few vinos at Light Years, the trio decided to turn fundraising into hair-raising and to team follicularly-fantastic hairstylists, makeup and textile artists with fashion and jewellery designers to present a one-off show designed to turn heads!

Carlie has always wanted to curate a show where she could step right into the fantasy world and be swept up in all the colour and crazy, the weird and the wacky while taking inspiration from Game of Thrones to the Golden Days of Hollywood, using an assortment of materials from beads and bling to rope and feathers. The rest, as they say, is history.

We know the hard work certainly turned heads but did it raise money? It certainly raised eyebrows! Friends President Narelle Cameron has teased that Morphe will return along with another exciting event for NOOSA alive! in 2020. For now, that’s a wrap and you did it. Congratulations to the 20 models and over 30 designers, hairstylists and makeup artists and most of all take a bow Carlie Wacker and the Friends team, you’re true stars.

Encore. Encore!


Want more? Read on to see the collections that hit the runway!

A luxe bohemian reimagination of traditional jewellery inspired by Game of Thrones. Jewellery designer Adrienne Reid handcrafts and embellishes each piece individually in her Noosa Heads studio, teaming up with Surrender Dorothy to create this unique look. Jewellery designed by Adrienne Reid; hair and make-up by Surrender Dorothy; models Hannah, Georgia, Angelina and Zariah; photo Paul Smith.



“Twined” captures the beauty and strength of the body, twisted and twined with the discarded to create a powerful statement of strength, beauty and change. As designer Claudia Williams says, “each of us is a unique thread, woven into a beautiful fabric of our creative conscience”. Designed by Claudia Williams of Llani Creative; hair by Amanda Oxley of Oxley Plus; make-up by Sharleen Cook of Signature Style Beauty; models Brooke Burgess, Liana Lindeman and Jen Drake; photo: Paul Smith.


Lady Rebellion is a super sleek and ever-so chic gown made from the skin of a rope, which has reflector ribbon running through its weave. “I feel like I’ve been a master at rebellion in my life and I wanted to express what I have learned about rebellion in this piece. The rope represents the binding to your true self at that moment when you push back – rebel,” said independent fashion designer Simone Ellis. Designed by Simone Ellis; hair by Lee Murphy from Marmalade Hair Darwin; make-up by Sharleen Cook of Signature Style Beauty; model Brooke; photo: Paul Smith.


Athan Jon aka Jonathan Pampling is a futurist and environmentalist with almost twenty years’ experience in fashion, costume, hair and styling. Being sustainable, ethical, green and eco-conscious are Jonathan’s focus with recycling and upcycling a major part in his ‘no electricity used’ approach. Design and make-up by Jonathan Pampling; model for runway Sienna; photo: Fabio Nocera.


Sunshine Beach State High School students Teddy, Bronte, Aneike and Anastacia have previously created wearable art from recycled items such as tyre tubes, curtains, garbage and banners. “Their latest creation Trash to Treasure is a big winner,” Carlie Wacker said. “Anastasia made a dress from discarded Seafolly swimwear banners and she modelled it like a pro.” (left) Stunning makeup was by Ange Purchase of Photo Finish Makeup and hair by Carly of Noosa Hairdressers; photo: Fabio Nocera.




A celebration of elegance and all that glitters! Lady Luxury’s gown was seemingly unremarkable until romanced by hundreds of hand-sewn beads and embellishments, many recycled, hinting at stories of times gone by. Her hair and makeup suggest timelessness, an ageless alluring beauty with a whisper of sex appeal – we bring you the Golden Days of Hollywood. Designed by Lana Reid of SunHaze Australia and Jacinta Emms of The Full Feather; hair by Lee Murphy of Marmalade Hair Darwin; make-up by Sian Howard Makeup; model Maddison Lee; photo: Paul Smith.


A creation from Smyths Inc’s Cameron McGowan, Fusione Dei Colori is Italian for Colour Fusion and is the collection of different colours and textures that “takes us on a journey out of our comfort zone” (bottom right). Indy Kruse created “The Warrior” (right), an exploration of a minimalist style warrior – a stripped back, modern take on a powerful woman using upcycled and recycled textiles. Rounding out the collection was “The Protester” – a living art statement rejecting the cultural expectations of today’s social media world. Designed by Cameron McGowan and Indy Kruse from Smyths Inc.; models Kristina, Nadia, Angi and Dianna Marie; Photo: Paul Smith.



“The Nestling of New Worlds” was created using items from the Beerwah tip shop such as recycled children’s ball pit balls, painter’s drop sheets, bamboo, an old lampshade and a bird’s nest found on the side of the road. Designed by Larissa Salton; hair by Keira Salton from Elenbi Coolum; make-up by Sharleen Cook of Signature Style Beauty; model Lana; photo: Fabio Nocera.


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About the Author /

Noosa’s sophisticated charm, vibrant food culture and the magnetism of a subtropical paradise surrounded by national parks, inveigled Helen’s manic world and flipped it on its side. She pursues the good life with gusto, instinctively understanding the joys of travel, the art of story-telling, a candid review and surviving another reno whilst thriving on the motto Live Laugh Love!

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