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13 November, 2020

Sonlia makes top ten cup fashion

MAREEBA’S own homegrown fashion label, Sonlia Fashion has once again been in the spotlight after they successfully made it into the top ten for two categories in the Myer Fashions on Your Front Lawn.

By Rhys Thomas

TOP 10: Pictured above is the ‘Empress’ dress created by Liana Hastie of Sonlia Fashion and left, Liana’s millinery creation ‘Senorita’.

MAREEBA’S own homegrown fashion label, Sonlia Fashion has once again been in the spotlight after they successfully made it into the top ten for two categories in the Myer Fashions on Your Front Lawn. 

Normally this competition is held on Melbourne Cup race day however due to COVID a different approach had to be taken and the competition moved online. 

After deciding to enter in both the Emerging Designer Award and the Millinery Award, Sonlia Fashion made it to the top ten for both categories. When hearing the news Sonlia Fashion’s Liana Hastie was elated and even did a quick dance around the workshop. 

“I opened the link that announced we were in the top 10 and I was jumping around the workroom,” she said. 

“I thought why not challenge myself and enter both of the categories. 

“This is the first year we have made top ten because it is so competitive.” 

The Emerging Designer Award aims to encourage outstanding design talent and excellence while the Millinery Award is considered the crowning achievement for makers of the race headwear. 

‘Empress’ was the dress that was submitted by Sonlia for the Emerging Designer Award taking inspiration from the turmoil of COVID and the new vibrant colours of spring. 

“We’re a designer in a small town so it’s pretty exciting and to make it in both is so rewarding,” Mrs Hastie said. 

“We go to Melbourne every year and we like to look at our work amongst all the others to make sure our standards are high. 

“It is the top competition you can enter for race wear in Australia.”


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