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28 October, 2022

Gracyn vies for fashion title

SHOWCASING a suit inspired by the bold and romantic Spanish dancers at the Mareeba Multicultural Festival, local fashionista Gracyn Masterson will be taking to the fields at the 2022 Victoria Racing Club’s Myer Fashions on the Field finals as the first female Best Suited finalist

By Ellie Fink

PHOTO: Nuno Alex. HAIR AND MAKE UP: Hair by Yahni. OUTFIT: Sonlia Fashion.
PHOTO: Nuno Alex. HAIR AND MAKE UP: Hair by Yahni. OUTFIT: Sonlia Fashion.

.The Mareeba model, alongside Sonlia Fashion designers Liana Hastie and Sonya Alba-Miller, designed the pastel “Spanish bull fighter” suit which took her straight through to the national finals.

Following the current Barbie-core trend, Gracyn’s suit, created by Liana, incorporates pastel baby pinks and blue with pompoms and lace details with a “low-key” pink Spanish inspired beret to top it off.

“The suit is actually made from two pairs of pants. I had pur-chased one pair but when it arrived there was two pairs,” Gracyn said.

“I didn’t want that fabric to go to waste so when the opportunity to enter a suit came I asked Liana to help me create the perfect one.

“When I used to go to the Multicultural festival, I would see the Spanish dancers, Liana and Sonya included, and I fell in love with how strong and romantic they were – it was my inspiration for the design.”

Her unique suit was also recently showcased in a photoshoot where she was pampered by local hairdresser Yahni Pole-Rindlisbacher and photographed by Cairns photographer Alex Nuno which gained lots of attention on social media.

For the first time ever, females are allowed to compete in the Best Suited category and males are able to compete in the Best Dressed category with fashion becoming an expression that isn’t attached to man or woman.

When Gracyn heard of this change, she was beyond excited and knew immediately she had to enter her dream suit.

“A lot has changed in 2022 and things are becoming a lot more inclusive,” she said.

“Fashion is not gender-specific and it is for everyone to express whether they are a man, or a woman and I am actually the first woman to become a finalist in this category.”

Fashion has always been a staple in Gracyn’s life, with Sonlia fashion often being her go to since their early days in business.

Growing up on a cattle station in Laura, Gracyn’s favourite time of the year was the races, where she could dress up in soft fabrics and beautiful colours.

With Mareeba being the closest big town to Laura, she found herself coming through the doors of Sonlia Fashion, kick starting

her fashion career.

“When I went to Mareeba State High School, I did my work experience with Sonlia Fashion and I made my very first millinery which I won an award for,” Gracyn said.

“I have always felt really supported by the girls (Sonya and Liana) and they have really helped me make something fun and a little bit cheeky.”

IMAGE: Alex Nuno.
IMAGE: Alex Nuno.

Although her suit was a huge highlight in the competition, Gracyn was also a finalist in the Queensland titles for Best Dressed in a bright pink and tangerine dress (pictured) created by Sonya. The look was completed with a wide brimmed open hat with tangerine veiling created by Liana.

Gracyn will be heading to Melbourne in the coming days to strut the field in her suit and make history as the first female Best Suited finalist. The winner will be announced on 3 November.

Liana Hastie will also be in Melbourne where another one of her designs has made the top 10 in the Emerging Designer finals. A millinery design inspired by a family heirloom will also be showcased in the finals on Melbourne Cup day in the Millinery competition.


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