Wool Modern opened in Sydney last Tuesday at the historic Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay.
Stuart McCollough, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) CEO delivered an opening address, highlighting the impact of the Campaign for Wool globally and value of adding Australian designers into the exhibition.
Charlotte Lurot, Director of Bacchus Studio and curator of the exhibition also explained how curating the exhibition was a journey of discovery, and an remarkable insight to the true versatility of the fibre.
The event was attended by a stellar line-up of Australian designers whose pieces are displayed in the exhibition, including Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman (Camilla & Marc), Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales (Romance Was Born), Akira Isogawa, Kym Ellery, Collette Dinnigan, Michael Lo Sordo, Jenny Kee and Lisa Gorman. Local interiors designers, Sarah King, Henry Wilson and Emma Elizabeth arrived fresh off the plane from Milan Design Fair to attend the opening night.
There were also a number of international guests that flew in from the UK especially for the exhibition, including artists Nick Gray and Angela Owens. World-renowned fashion commentator, illustrator, author and former Chief Fashion Writer for the Sunday Times (UK) Colin McDowell, attended the opening as a special guest of AWI.
Other fashion and design identities in attendance included Leticia Dare (fashion stylist), Karin Upton-Baker (Managing Director of Hermes Australi), Eva Galambos (Parlour X), Nancy Pilcher (Editorial Director at Large at Conde Nast Asia Pacific); Collette Garnsey (Pacific Brands); Holly Garber (Go Lightly) and Matt Jensen (MJ Bale), amongst others.
Wool Modern will remain open to the public daily from 10am-6pm until 1 May. Select items from the exhibition will travel to the QVB from 3 May throughout June, before travelling to Shanghai in October and ultimately New York.