Image: FLW 2011 Finalist, Secondary School: Nicola (back)
Nicola Duck from Alfred Deakin High School in the ACT models her finalist entry.
- Stuart Humphreys
- © Australian Museum
Nicola Duck from Alfred Deakin High School in Canberra is wearing her design, Walking on Air. The male Ribbon-tailed Astrapia Bird of Paradise inspired her half-length ball gown with a train. White and green plastic shopping bags were ironed together to make the bodice, skirt and train. The bodice was laced with ribbon, and the bags are layered in the skirt and train, for a sense of overlapping feathers. The train references this bird’s long white tail. Nicola also nods to the bird’s forest environment, with pieces of foam glued in the shape of a tree and onto a headband, and with flowers made from brown paper and plastic bags. With these flowers, Nicola includes a colour from the female, and a tribute to the species.