Gympie talent in global spotlight at Steve Irwin gala in LA
GYMPIE shone in the global spotlight with the Steve Irwin annual gala at Beverly Hills on the weekend.
Queensland fashion advocate Carly Vidal Wallace attended wearing a gown specially created by talented Gympie designer Cindy Vogels and sporting exquisite designer jewellery from Toowoomba originating label Margot McKinney jewels.
Cindy was celebrated alongside other top Qld fashion creatives last year when Carly secured a bid to exhibit their work on the 'green' for an entire month at Brisbane International Airport in the month leading up to Brisbane Fashion Month.
Carly inspired Cindy to create something iconic that would resonate as Australian; ideas flowed between the two and when Cindy showed Carly an image of the vibrant indigenous artwork titled 'Bush Yam' by Rosemary Pitjara.
This fabric immediately stood out to the pair, knowing that Christina Anu would also be playing at the event, they thought it was a way to take Rosemary's delicate work to an all new level; a red carpet in LA to honour one of Australia's most treasured icons.
Cindy although born and raised on the Sunshine Coast now resides slightly north for the extra creative freedom and quiet that the Gympie Region offers, and it certainly hasn't hindered her ability to connect nationally and internationally with her Fashion and Music Industry Clientele; boasting time as a contributing Designer for Lady Gaga in 2014 via Brandon Maxwell Studios, all from her humble country studio in Gympie.
And if a specific Queensland inspired gown wasn't enough, Carly also wore some of Australia's finest jewellery (which is no stranger to the LA red carpets) with Margot McKinney rare Brown Tourmaline cuff and earrings worth in excess of $285k USD.
Margot's hand designs jewels are often seen on the Hollywood starts and regularly worn by MP Julie Bishop.
"I felt so proud to be wearing all Qld brands to be supporting the Irwin Family; especially with the indigenous fabric and the most beautiful jewellery I think I have ever laid eyes on, there were so many positive comments, it really put our designers on the global stage" stated Carly Vidal Wallace.
The Steve Irwin Gala in LA hosted by the Irwin family and now in its third year never fails to impress with $675AUD tickets coming complete with lots of furry, feathery and scaly friends to greet guests on arrival.
It is a celebration of Steve Irwin's life and legacy, raising much needed funds and awareness for the conservation work he loved.
Many of the US and Australian celebrities based in LA who followed Steve's work and visited Australia Zoo attend the evening as tribute to the late conservationist.