Designer Profile – Lady Albert


  We first had the pleasure of meeting Erin Louise, the talented designer behind Lady Albert at Fashionation in Cooma. We were so intrigued by her designes that we wanted to find out more.   Leiden: What is your earliest fashion memory? Erin: House of Elliot, it’s a TV show set in the 1930s that was on when I was in primary school. I loved it. Pretty sure my friend and I used to get into trouble for not doing our school work because we spent all our time talking about the show. I love the fantasy that fashion can… Continue Reading

Designer Profile: Charly Thorn


  Earlier this year, Team Leiden had the pleasure of attending Fashionation, a fashion event in Cooma showcasing both the local design talent and also the regions amazing wool. After all the excitement of the runway show we sat down with the youngest designer to showcase work on the evening, Charly Thorn to find out more about her design process.   Ledien: What is your earliest fashion memory? Charly: My earliest fashion memory would be when I was about 4 years old sitting on the floor of our new house, no furniture just a mattress, a box of Barbie dolls,… Continue Reading

Fashionation Runway Report


We have told you all about Fashionation (if you missed the memo, you better catch up here), we told you what happened at the event (read our event wrap up here), and now we will tell you about, or rather, show you the star of the show. I know what you are thinking, this article is dedicated to Angus the Merino Ram who made his runway debut on the night, but no, it’s all about the fashion. The evening was broken into two halves, the first featuring wool collections, and the second featuring open collections where designers used a variety… Continue Reading

Fashionation Cooma – Event Wrap Up


  On a cold Saturday night, fashion illustrator Judy Kuo, photographer Lauren Mackay, and myself headed to Cooma for the 2016 Fashionation event, presented by The Community Chest. Sponsored by Australian Wool Innovation, Fashionation showcased the work of local fashion designers who highlighted the region’s thriving wool industry in their clothes and accessories. With a line out the door for entry and champagne on arrival there was an undeniable buzz of excitement in the air. In line with the woolen theme of the evening, the event was held in a wool-shearing shed (complete with piles of freshly shorn wool and… Continue Reading

Fashionation Cooma Socials


On Saturday 30 April, three Leiden contributors descended on Cooma to cover Fashionation. Presented by The Community Chest and sponsored by Australian Wool Innovation, the event set out to showcase the work of local designers as well as highlight the region’s wool industry. The event took place in a large wool shed which created the perfect atmosphere for a night of celebrating wool. Almost 400 guests enjoyed the runway show, drinks and canapés, the Challenge item auction, designer pop-up shops and a post show bar. As well as cover the event (stay tuned for our runway report and designer profiles),… Continue Reading

Fashionation – A Fashion Event in Cooma


  When you think of Cooma, a country town in the Monaro region of New South Wales, you think of Snowy Hydro scheme. Or maybe just snow. What doesn’t immediately come to mind is fashion. But that would be your mistake because for the second time the region is hosting a fashion event. Presented by The Community Chest and sponsored by Australian Wool Innovation, Fashionation, will showcase the work of local designers as well as highlight the region’s wool industry. Wool is a highly sought after fibre in the fashion industry as it is natural, versatile and desirable. “The Monaro… Continue Reading