THE NEW outfit that you want for autumn/winter 2009 might be hanging at the back of your wardrobe gathering dust.
With a tweak here and a bit of customising there, it’s quite possible, say the organisers of an ethical fashion show in Huddersfield, to create something fashionable and stylish from forgotten clothes.
That’s why they’re staging a fashion show with-a-difference in Slaithwaite Civic Hall on Saturday, November 28.
Jenni Smith-Wignall from the Marsden Youth and Community Project (MYAC), one of the driving forces behind the event, says every model on the catwalk will be wearing charity shop finds that have been mixed and matched or customised.
“The idea is to encourage people to buy from and donate clothes to local charity shops,” she said. “We’ll be using clothes from the Cuckoo Nest Charity Shop in Marsden, which supports the community, and two shops in Slaithwaite, the Kirkwood Hospice shop and Community Spirit.”
Money raised at the fashion show will benefit the three charity shops.
Customising of the clothes was carried out as a six week project by a group of young people from the Colne Valley who used the textile facilities at Colne Valley High School. The project invol-ved Kirklees Youth People’s Service.
All the outfits will be modelled by volunteers and the show will include scenes of winter wear for families, party wear, ‘indie rock’ and ‘boho’.
“We want people to think differently towards clothes by showing how anyone can alter their own clothes or mix and match existing items to create their own individual style,” explained Jenni.
The show is being jointly organised by MYAC, set up to improve community facilities for families and young people, and Marsden and Slaithwaite Transition Towns (MASTT), an environmental group that wants to encourage greener lifestyles.
According to Tiffany Schofield from MASTT the show will focus on how easy it can be to save both money and the world’s resources by people reducing the impact of their wardrobe. It is particularly aimed at encouraging a change of attitude in younger people.
“We want to raise awareness of environmental issues and that includes clothing The show is an attempt to make people think about how much they are buying and how it’s made; the wastefulness and what they can do about it,” said Tiffany.
“The message is being put out subtly through the show. Instead of lecturing people we are putting a positive spin on it,” she added.
More helpers are needed for the event, which starts at 6pm. If you’re interested in playing a part contact Jenni on 07976 963126.
Tickets are available for £3, including a drink, from Duncans Barbers Shop, Warehouse Hill, Marsden, and Green Valley Grocer, Carr Lane, Slaithwaite.
For more information contact Jenni: email@example.com or Tiffany: firstname.lastname@example.org and details from www.ethicalfashionshow.org, a website created by Dave Parnell from the ‘design mechanics’.