Wagin Woolorama Fashion Parades

The Wagin Woolorama is the biggest agricultural show in the southern wheatbelt in Western Australia. For the last five years I have had the job of photographing the fashion parades.

I’ve always been a fan of fashion parades, and I remember at the height of the wool boom in the 1980s there were amazing wool fashion parades at the Perth Royal Show that were real extravaganzas. The Woolorama parades are not on such a grand scale, but they do usually feature some wool fashions sponsored by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI).

This parade proved to be challenging to photograph with the new LED lighting effects, which added drama to the parade but played havoc with the models’ skin tone in the photos. Some urgent negotiating between the parade organiser and the sound and lighting technician saw a revised lighting scheme which allowed me to photograph the fashions showing the colours accurately.