Narendra Confucius preparing for the fashion show in Tyalgum.
Narendra Confucius preparing for the fashion show in Tyalgum. John Gass

Strutting the Tyalgum catwalk

TYALGUM designer Narendra Confucious will present garments that have never graced the catwalk next month at a fashion show in the village.

Select pieces from the Illuminati collection will complement a parade of the latest Australian and European fashions from Murwillumbah's Chantilly Lace Boutique and Paddington of Tyalgum.

Mr Confucious wowed audiences at Australian Fashion Week last year and will show his award-winning conceptual fibre optic light garments as well as a collection of day wear at the 2012 Fashion Show in Tyalgum on May 19.

"I'm still really enjoying working with the fibre optic lighting but I've also become a little more refined, more commercial," Mr Confucious said.

"People still want to wear jeans and shirts and my target market is getting clearer.

"I'll present different things during the day and then pull out the lights at night."

Famous for its fashion shows, Chantilly Lace Boutique will show Australian favourites Moss and Spy, Studi Baker and Banana Blue.

From Europe there'll be garments from Didier Parakian, Nadir and Noa Noa.

For the men, Paddington of Tyalgum will showcase Desigual and Ben Sherman.

Local bands The h'Art Collective and Barnaby & Durand will complement the shows, put on by Hearts Aflame Productions.

Marketing manager Solar Chapel said he was thrilled Mr Confucius had decided to add his designs to the show.

"It will be a rare chance for locals to see the kind of ground-breaking conceptual designs that are usually reserved for the big city fashionistas," Mr Chapel said.

You can see the Illuminati collection at the House of Canelli workshop in Tyalgum.

The 2012 Fashion Show will be held on Saturday May 19 at Tyalgum Hall, starting at 7pm.

Tickets are priced at $65 per person, including supper and champagne.

The designs will also be shown with an elegant high tea earlier in the day at 11am.

Tickets priced at $45 per person.



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