No, not The Veronicas’ red glitter paint. (Was that even an accessory, or was it art?). We're talking about Angie Greene’s Edenborough Evans earrings.
At the ARIAs last night Greene accepted Sia’s Best Female Artist gong on behalf of Marriage Equality Australia, giving her a pretty good platform to spread a message close to her heart. But what to wear?
“I am very challenged in the fashion department, so I was really nervous. I didn’t want to let Sia or the Marriage Equality team down. And I’m a bit of a tomboy,” says Greene, who proved, against these odds, that you don’t have to work with a stylist to nail this thing.
“Obviously the T-shirt was key. I ordered black sequined pants of ASOS, my girlfriend lent me some heels.” She then approached her Melbourne jeweller friend Anna Cowen, who with her sister Kate runs Edenborough Evans, to make her a special commission.
Bold and bright, these festooned hoops were literally statement earrings - bedecked with rainbow tassels and lettered beads that spelled out: “Equality”, “Sia”, “StandUp” and “Love”.
While they aren’t available (yet… here’s hoping), you can find more of their personalised pieces at edenboroughevans.com
While her earring game is strong, that’s not why Greene was tapped to be the stand-in Sia.
Last year, Greene founded not-for-profit organisation Stand Up Events. “We fight sexual and gender discrimination, mainly in homophobia, in sport,” she explains. “We run programs in junior sporting codes to eradicate homophobic behaviour, and things like our fun run Move in May in support of IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia).” Marriage Equality, she says, is a “no-brainer. We just need to make this happen.”
Greene comes from a sport-mad family.
“My grandfather Frank Sedgman won 22 tennis grand slams. My dad is in the Hawthorn Hall of Fame.” she says. “I have two older brothers: one also played AFL. The other, who is gay and an incredible athlete as well, removed himself from the sporting world because of how exclusive it is. Both brothers in general were treated very differently, which was quite hard to watch growing up.”