Back to the 50′s Festival at St.Ives Showground 2015

Renee Van Kraanen Photo Daywear parade Back to the 50's Festival 2015

Daywear parade Back to the 50′s Festival 2015 Photo – Renee Van Kraanen

Last year I was contacted by Ku-Ring-Gai Council to help them with the development of a brand new 50′s inspired festival to be held at St.Ives Showground in August. I was delighted to be involved with the inaugural event.

Besides some behind the scenes, planning , programming and promotion, My main role was to produce and MC two 1950′s Fashion Shows for the day. Using the Vintage Allsorts collection of original frocks and accessories I complied a showcase of gorgeous daywear and show stopping cocktail & evening wear to Parade. Our evening wear collection included designer pieces by Norman Hartnell and Emma Domb.

Make up design for the parade was done by the talented Courtney Hudson and vintage hair stying specialist Adele Durno made sure everyones locks were coiffed to perfection.

It was a wonderful sunshine Saturday and a wonderful event to be involved with. Here’s hoping the council decides to re-visit the idea in coming years and bring back the 50′s to St.Ives Showground again soon.

Pia Andersen’s evening wear fashion parade – Back to the 50′s festival 2015 Featuring Norman Hartnell and Emma Domb Gowns. Photo Renee Van Kraanen

Vintage Allsorts Models Holly and Sam Back to the 50's Fair fashion parades

Vintage Allsorts Models. Vintage Bride Holly and Bridesmaid Sam Back to the 50′s Fair fashion parades. Photos Carlos Baron

Vintage Allsorts Models Katherine and NIcharla - Back to the 50's Fair fashion parades

Vintage Allsorts Models Katherine and NIcharla – Back to the 50′s Fair fashion parades

Model Kitty Van Horne - 50's evening wear fashion parade Photos: Renee Van Kraanen

Model Kitty Van Horne – 50′s evening wear fashion parade Photos: Renee Van Kraanen

Vintage Allsorts Models Ella Rose Corby and Nicharla- Back to the 50's Fair fashion parades

Vintage Allsorts Models Ella Rose Corby and Nicharla- Back to the 50′s Fair fashion parades. Photo – Carlos Baron

Model Samantha Darby- 50's evening wear fashion parade Photos: Renee Van Kraanen

Model Samantha Darby- 50′s evening wear fashion parade Photos: Renee Van Kraanen

Back to the 50′s evening wear parade Featuring Emma Domb and Norman Hartnell Gowns – photo Harry Raab

Model Katherine Spiers - 50's evening wear fashion parade Photos: Renee Van Kraanen
Model Katherine Spiers – 50′s evening wear fashion parade Photos: Renee Van Kraanen

Carlos Baron Vintage Portraits - Daywear fashion parade at the Back to the 50's Festival 2015
Carlos Baron Vintage Portraits – Daywear fashion parade at the Back to the 50′s Festival 2015

50's Vintage Bride and Bridesmaid Fashion Parade Back to the 50's 2015 Photo Renee Van Kraanen

50′s Vintage Bride and Bridesmaid Fashion Parade Back to the 50′s 2015 Photo Renee Van Kraanen

Pia Andersen’s evening wear fashion parade – Back to the 50′s festival 2015 Photo Renee Van Kraanen

Vintage Models - 50's fashion parade
Vintage Allsorts Models in action during Pia Andersen’s daywear fashion parade. Photos – Harry Raab

Photos from the 50's daywear fashion parade. Photos: Harry Raab Imagery
Photos from the 50′s daywear fashion parade. Photos: Harry Raab Imagery

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Rodeo Queen Prop Styling for Peter Alexander

RODEO QUEEN - Pia Andersen Prop Styling for Peter Alexander

RODEO QUEEN – Pia Andersen Prop Styling for Peter Alexander

In January this year I worked on the prop styling for Peter Alexander’s western inspired Rodeo Queen collection. ┬áMy dear friend and amazing assistant Brendan Hay worked with me and together we sourced a fun collection of colourful vintage rocking horses, rocking chairs, cowboy hats, boots, barrels and all things rodeo. Here are some of the final shots.

RODEO QUEEN – Pia Andersen Prop Styling for Peter Alexander

RODEO QUEEN – Pia Andersen Prop Styling for Peter Alexander

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Abby Earl – Grace Kelly inspired shoot for Women’s Weekly magazine

Abby Earl – ‘Grace Kelly’ Corrie Bond Shoot for Australian Women’s Weekly

I’m finally finding a moment to share this beautiful collection of images from 2014 of A Place to Call Home Actress Abby Earl for Women’s Weekly magazine. I worked as the prop stylist on this shoot by WW’s lovely style director Mattie Cronan and photographed by the always amazing Corrie Bond. Our location for the day was a truly magnificent private residence on the Upper North Shore and it was the perfect surrounding to capture gorgeous Abby in this Grace Kelly inspired shoot.

My brief was for classic and romantic vintage props for a picnic, a pool side, tennis game, luggage, fresh flowers and luckily enough parasols were also on the list as we had a few light showers throughout the day and the crew stood by looking very elegant with their vintage styled shelter.

Make up was by Charlie Kielty and hair by Keiran Street, It was wonderful to be apart of this fabulous creative team and i think you will agree the final images are gorgeous!

Pia Andersen Prop styling for Abby Earl shoot for WW magazine

Behind the scenes – Prop styling for Abby Earl shoot for WW magazine

Abby Earl - 'Grace Kelly' Corrie Bond Shoot for Australian Women's Weekly

Abby Earl – ‘Grace Kelly’ Corrie Bond Shoot for Australian Women’s Weekly

Abby Earl – ‘Grace Kelly’ Corrie Bond Shoot for Australian Women’s Weekly

Abby Earl - 'Grace Kelly' Corrie Bond Shoot for Australian Women's Weekly Mattie Cronan

Abby Earl – ‘Grace Kelly’ Corrie Bond Shoot for Australian Women’s Weekly

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Carmen Miranda for Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander ‘Carmen Miranda Collection’ Prop Styling

 

Through my work as a prop stylist I have been lucky enough to work for Peter Alexander over the last 5 years. His collections are always great fun and very inspiring, the prop brief colourful and creative and none more so than the Carmen Miranda collection which called me to create larger than life Carmen Miranda turbans and fun fruity jewellery.

I was given pieces of the fabric used within the pyjamas to design headwear to match the collection. It was a great job and i was thrilled with the final images. Here are some behind the scenes shots from the making and also on set to show you the process. Enjoy!

The Carmen Miranda Collection for Peter Alexander

Making of Carmen Miranda turbans for Peter Alexander

Making of Carmen Miranda turbans for Peter Alexander

Behind The Scenes shooting with Peter Alexander for the Carmen Miranda collection

Behind The Scenes shooting with Peter Alexander for the Carmen Miranda collection

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