Cath Beynon as Dame Edna and Manu Rohrl as the ‘silly salad sandwich’ at the fashion parade.
Cath Beynon as Dame Edna and Manu Rohrl as the ‘silly salad sandwich’ at the fashion parade. Contributed

Wondrous look at fashion wizardry

A TROVE of treasures lit up the stage in a wondrous display of wizardry in Bellingen.

The creative costumes were magically transformed from recycled items and ‘trash' for Chrysalis School's aptly named trash2Treasure 2011 Fashion Extravaganza.

The fifth annual event was held at the Memorial Hall and had the audience immersed in a fountain of wild imaginings.

Special guest Cath Beynon was the embodiment of Dame Edna and opened the show on an elevated podium with her ‘hello possums' as the dame of ceremonies for the evening.

Organiser Fiona Hannaford said the transformation from the idea to the creation and then the characterization of the outfit was an ‘alchemic journey'.

“This married in with the hair, make-up, music and choreography brings life to the garments you can't quite anticipate and the audience is wowed by it and so they should be,” Mrs Hannaford said.

“Among the highlights, and there were more than a few, was the winner of the people's choice award, Chrysalis student Manu Rohrl who made a ‘silly salad sandwich'.”

The major prizewinner of the adult category, Iconic Australia, was Mel Couper with her production called ‘Sheila's Big Day'.

Mrs Hannaford said next year's event would be huge as it was Chrysalis' 30th birthday.

Everyone is invited to join in the party by creating a costume for the Chrysalis trash2Treasure 2012.



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