IT MAY not be Milan, but Moama comes awfully close.
The town is now home to an award-winning designer after resident Jodie Taylor recently scooped first and second place in the intermediate section of Ag Art fashion at Elmore Field Days.
Jodie decided to enter the competition after seeing it at the field days last year.
‘‘I’ve always had a creative streak and thought ‘I could do that’,’’ she said.
And it was worth every minute of hard work, with her two designs Daisy Chain and Clip Goes the Shears turning heads and capturing judges’ attention.
Jodie said first-placed design Daisy Chain was inspired by her love of summer.
‘‘It’s my favourite season — I love my short shorts and bikinis,’’ she said.
‘‘This is where I thought of making my daisy chain outfit. It’s cute and cheeky but is also definitely something I’d wear on a hot summer day down by the water picking some daisies.’’
The outfit — including a top, shorts and a hat — is made of hessian bags spangled with daisies made of hayband.
And Jodie had a little input from husband John for her second-prize winner Clip Goes the Shears.
‘‘This design was an idea from my husband,’’ she said.
‘‘He’s been a shearer for 25 years and brought me home a wool pack. I designed a top and skirt out of the wool pack, adding some design elements with hayband and ear tags.
‘‘That’s when I decided I wanted some wool for my skirt. I asked John and he said ‘no worries darl, I’ll get it today’. Three weeks went by and I got my wool and completed my design.
‘‘I sat up until 2am working on it.’’
Jodie said she was blown away when she won first and second place.
And she plans on returning next year — but in the main section.
‘‘I’m already starting on next year’s,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s going to be bigger and better.’’