Rags to Runway: Eco Threads x Stonefield

Kangan Institute joined forces with Melbourne Spring Fashion Week to bring a truly unique event to the program: Eco Threads. The event saw fashion design students and graduates from Kangan take old op shop clothing and redesign it, creating cool, new threads to dress psych-rock band Stonefield.

Channelling the signature, earthen style of music Stonefield are known for, the clothing produced had the runway looking like a serious time-warp back to the 70s. Flares, denim and fringing were in abundance, as were paisley, layering and oversized sleeves.


One of our favourite looks was this crazy sheer top and denim flares pairing. We loved the excessively large sleeves and how the fabric folded together and moved with the model. The quirky crochet-detailing and fringing down the bottom made this the ultimate festival top.


Another of our favourites was this unique fringed cape by designer Lucy Blyth (left). We loved the muted tartan print of the collar and the dramatic, long fringing that parted and swung elegantly.

Stonefield took to the runway during the finale to lead guests out of AC/DC Lane and into Cherry Bar, where they owned the stage playing a live gig to a crowded venue. As someone who had never experienced Stonefield’s crazy, energetic performance live before, it was a totally mesmerising experience. For those not in the know, Stonefield comprises of the four Findlay sisters who originated from a shed in country Victoria before winning Triple J’s Unearthed with their tune ‘Foreign Lover’. They’ve played all over Australia, the UK and the USA and released their second album earlier this year.


The girls work together seamlessly, belting out tune after tune without a single falter. Lead singer and drummer (a rare combination) Amy Findlay has such a powerful voice it literally reverberates around the room, overtaking even the sound of her own drumming and the whirring of the guitar. One can’t help but watch in awe as she entrances everyone in the room.

To keep up to date with Stonefield, you can check out their website here. They’ll be heading around Australia September to November, so keep your eyes peeled for tour dates! If you’re interested in following the Kangan students progress, you can track them down here.

Images taken by Patrick Nemes of PNP Media.

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