From Top: Models Charmaine Perry wearing Oxford, Bonnie Elvin in Trenery, Katie Von De Bos wears Cue, Shane Foreman for Myer and OPSM, Zoe wears Country Road, Bonnie in Sportscraft and Charmaine in Review
Styling: Charmaine Perry + Peta Rudd on behalf of Cuneo Productions
Photography: Peta Rudd
I was recently given the opportunity to work with Colleen Cuneo and her assistant Charmaine on some pop up fashion parades for The Canberra Centre. We represented some great labels and the shows were really well received. In week two, Charmaine (who made it to the top 30 in this years Australia’s next top model- out of 14,000 girls!) and myself were presented with the opportunity to style the parades. We spent the first three days on foot visiting the very best high street stores within the centre, pulling items and piecing them together to reflect colour blocking, white on white and 60s style trends for this season. It was an amazing week and I met some great people!
If you are an aspiring stylist, photographer or otherwise interested in breaking into the fashion industry, Colleen runs a fantastic program called ‘Girl Studio‘. She mentors and offers young women opportunities to gain experience in an otherwise tough industry. She has my utmost respect for the work she does and her role in developing, encouraging and inspiring young women in the media industry.
Here’s a sneak peek at one of my latest projects; restoring a set of dining room chairs for my brother and his girlfriend. The original style can be seen above in the second image, covered in very old, worn, carpet like material. The structure of the chairs is very solid and reminiscent of Parker furniture which was very popular back in the 70s. For the makeover, I chose a selection of fabrics I felt best portrayed the couple’s combined styles. They are both medical students with interests in nature, biology, traveling, coffee, vintage, art, design and culture- I chose a combination of organic, nature based prints and contrasted these with some geometric prints with world traveller and retro influences. We’re working on two at a time and I’m still waiting on a couple of the remaining fabrics to arrive from overseas. So for the rest of the series, you’ll have to wait and see….
Styling + Photography by Peta Rudd
Generally speaking, the work I produce is fairly commercial, so today I experimented with something a little different- photo art. I’m looking to produce a collection of images that I will be selling prints of. I’ve been really inspired lately by a variety of photography that is very different in style to my own work. As a result, I’m keen to push the boundaries, learn some new techniques and to maybe even discover a different ‘me’ along the way. I am also very close to committing to the Flickr project 365 and am excited about the challenge of stepping out of my comfort zone. Watch this space!