Qbn's Fashfest connection

Former-Queanbeyan resident and Fashfest producer Steve Wright will be run off his feet overseeing more than 30 fashion shows during the four-day event. Photo: supplied.

Former-Queanbeyan resident and Fashfest producer Steve Wright will be run off his feet overseeing more than 30 fashion shows during the four-day event. Photo: supplied.

PRODUCING one fashion show is no easy task but imagine being responsible for making sure more than 25 shows go off without a hitch.

That's the challenge former-Queanbeyan resident Steve Wright faces as producer of Fashfest, Canberra's four-day fashion event.

Mr Wright will oversee the models, lighting and music for each and every show; working with individual designers to translate their vision on to the stage.

Not only is Mr Wright busy with the production side of things but he also has the privilege of showing Corr Blimey - the label he founded with partner Louisa de Smet - at Fashfest.

If that all sounds exhausting, the seasoned professional told the Queanbeyan Age the secret is scheduling in a pre-event nap.

"People think fashion is really glamorous but there's a lot of running around trying to get everything done," the 34-year-old said.

"I try to fit in a nap sometime during the day and my advice is never go to the after party - that's the key if you want to survive the four days."

Fashfest is the brainchild of partners Clint and Andrea Hutchison with the aim of exposing some of Canberra's local design talent.

In its second year, there is already a buzz around the event with VIP and platinum tickets sold out.

Mr Wright said punters can expect a lot of diversity on the catwalk with designers including the 2014 CIT graduates, eco label Pure Pod, Hajib House which focuses on clothing for modern Muslim women and underwear specialists Tuffys & Tuffetts.

Mr Wright has come a long way since his Queanbeyan days. He has been in the fashion industry for more than 10 years after abandoning a degree in primary school teaching.

Studying fashion design was just something to do in the interim while figuring out his next step.

That decision led to long career in the industry which now includes being the fashion director at HAUS Models among his other commitments and senior fashion lecturer at Canberra Institute of Technology.

Mr Wright estimates he has taught about 90 per cent of the designers showing at this year's Fashfest.

"I always had an interest in fashion. My mum was always sewing and my uncle ran a fashion school in South Africa," he said.

"The best thing about fashion is that it's everywhere. It has a huge impact on our lives and allows us to visually communicate with each other."

The Queanbeyan High School graduate has fond memories of growing up in town and said it has somewhat shaped his practical sense of fashion.

He said Queanbeyan style focuses more on comfort than couture and was big fan of the town's proliferation of op shops.

"They're the business!"

Fashfest will be held at Canberra Airport from April 30 to May 3. For more information visit www.fashfest.com.au.

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