Vintage Wedding

Emma Watkins on her style and ballet-inspired wardrobe

What are three essential items in your wardrobe? A dress I can move around in. I’m very active and I need to be able to demonstrate what kind of movement or sign language will go with that creative project. Also comfortable black stockings. And I’m obsessed with bed socks.


Any go-to jewelry? I love jewellery. My wedding, engagement and keeper rings are by Natalie Marie, who makes sustainable jewelry. I have a beautiful, handcrafted dress ring by Matthew Ely that has kind of brown Australian diamonds. And I always wear my nanna’s wedding band.

Can you remember a favorite outfit from when you were a child? A rainbow skirt I wore all the time when I was about five.

And your worst fashion mistake? For my year 6 formal – a big deal when you’re 12 – I wore a silver feather boa-lined skirt and matching cape. It was like a dance costume, which doesn’t surprise me.

What was your first fashion moment? Wearing the beautiful dress for the Frocktober campaign [pictured] that Adelaide designer Jaimie Sortino created in honor of his cousin Jenna, who died of ovarian cancer in 2020. The dress is embellished with eight glitter stripes, symbolizing the fact that an Australian woman dies of ovarian cancer every eight hours.

Emma admires interior designer Iris Apfel’s colorful, eclectic, “more is more” approach to fashion.Credit:Getty Images

What’s at the top of your wish list? A beautiful lilac and purple dress from Zimmermann’s new collection.

Is there anything you would never wear? Jeans. My legs are so muscular from Irish dancing that I don’t suit them, or feel comfortable in them.

Is there a current trend you like? Socks with sandals.

What shoes do you wear most often? Spring Court sneakers. I have them in all different colors.

Who’s your favorite fashion icon? I love Iris Apfel and that probably sums me up – more is more.

What’s your favorite off-duty, casual Sunday look? A pretty skirt from French dance label Repetto with a button-up shirt and sneakers.

Emma is an ambassador for Frocktober, an initiative run by the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.

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