Couture designer to reveal new collection at festival

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FASHION FORWARD: Mackay designer Anna Dutton will unveil a new collection next weekend.

MASSES of lace, tulle and fabric make up the organised mess where Anna Dutton creates the show-stopping designs she is best known for.

For the Mackay fashion designer, 2018 has so far been the year to let loose her creativity.

“I have been allowed to have a lot of creative freedom with my clients,” Ms Dutton said.

“The great thing is they known my work and trust me.

” Having that creative freedom makes me love my job.”

That creativity will be on show next weekend when Ms Dutton releases a collection of Anna Dutton Couture bridal and evening gowns at Townsville Fashion Festival.

She said the festival, held at The Ville Resort-Casino, was a must-do event in the fashion world and would show the latest work from North Queensland designers.

“I am launching six new gowns; three bridal and three evening,” she said.

“I started preparing the collection around November.

“It was a little delayed as last year was a ridiculously massive year with bridal fashion shows and race wear.

“I have tried to do a few different looks. In the bridal range there will be one more fitted sort of dress, one longer fitted dress with a bigger peplum on the bottom with quite a bit of lace work and a higher neck.

“We also have a new boho-bridal style dress with 3D floral tulle as the outer layer, and from a distance it looks like little butterflies have landed all over the dress.”

Ms Dutton, who is renowned for her boho-luxe line of gowns, said a more relaxed approach to bridal wear was a growing trend.

“They are for the more effortless bride that wants a more comfortable dress; a good fit but not like my normal couture gowns that have inbuilt structure and formal styling, not as big and dramatic as my more avant-garde styling work can be,” she said.

“It appeals to the modern, sophisticated bride.

“Some of my evening gowns can actually be worn as more simplistic, non-traditional bridal because I do get quite a good clientele that want something they could re-wear again to a ball or something.

“I am doing a lot of re-embelishing of laces, a lot more 3D tulle is being used and brides are opening their minds a bit more and realising it is their day and they can do whatever they like.”

The rows of dresses, some completed, others masterpieces in the making, that line the walls of her studio are just the tip of the iceberg of what Ms Dutton is working on.

Some dresses are zipping around the country being shown in collaborations with models and photographers.

“My gowns get great holidays zooming all around the country and sometimes overseas,” she said.

“Currently I am working on many bridal gowns and school formal gowns as the July school formals are coming up.

“This year there are going to be some show-stopping formal looks.

“I am working on probably roughly seven bridal gowns for customers, a few special occasion dresses and I am also lucky enough to be creating the gown for Isaac Regional mayor Anne Baker for her Mayor’s Charity Ball in August. It will be a show-stopper.”