Monthly Archives: May 2010

A fashion parade with a difference!

The Annual Fashion Gala run by the City of Stonnington in collaboration with the Butterfly Foundation had a parade last month that supports healthy body image and wellbeing. The parade is based on real people and real women on the catwalk. Young designers in the area are called upon to design outfits that are promoting a health body image. With a sell out show again this year, each year is proving to be bigger and better!

To read more about the event visit:                                                                                                             http://www.stonnington.vic.gov.au/www/html/3804-expression-fashion-gala-and-exhibition.asp

Below are some photos featuring Lydra by Linda Vydra (our new employee at Clothing Exchange- Melbourne) from the fashion parade. With all the clutches and hat pieces made from found and recycled materials.

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RMIT Fashion school jumps on the bandwagon!

We recently hosted a vibrant and colorful swap that took place at the RMIT Fashion School Brunswick campus. Here we had some lovely ladies bring in their most fashionable items that they no longer loved or wore. It was a success with lots of bright smiles and satisfied fashion design students at the end.

Some lovely swapping below:

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Hume City Council swap for Youth Week

In the month of April we hosted a delightful swap for the Hume City Council for National Youth Week 2010. Gaining awareness of swapping clothes for Youth is a great initiative that Clothing Exchange loves to support. The swap was held in the Hume City Library which was a lovely space to swap in. The night was a success with an array of ages and people, coming along to swap their wears and find something new.

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Sydney Green Ups Swap

Hello there… yes finally, it is us… Kirsten and Suzi… The Clothing Exchange gals from Sydney.

Just want to share some news with you about what’s happening in this fabulous city and what we are doing to get the word out about The Clothing Exchange and how we are helping to preserve this beautiful planet of ours.

We have just had an amazing night on Tuesday with the Greenups crew at their regular monthly event/drinks gathering.  The topic du jour was Sustainable Fashion and there were some wonderful women speaking about what they are doing in this area. They also gave us some food for thought on how we could be more responsible in our choices with the clothing that we buy.

We provided the arena for these people to experience a clothing swap and to say that they thought it was fantastic is an understatement. Here are some quotes taken from the Greenups site.

Great funky venue, passionate speakers, captivating the audience.  And I scored a Linda Jackson bush couture bolero, while my friend picked up MY dress.

People keep admiring this “new” skirt of mine.  I’m entirely dressed by Anglicare and clothes exchanging today… which is relatively normal for me.  But it’s something of a miracle that all four articles I picked up on Tuesday fitted me perfectly!

Also wearing the swap gear – jeans thanks – and how nice to see Hill street venue….

Well done!!! in every way.  Speakers were so inspiring, the clothes, organisation, swap and the soup – delicious, simple and amazing!  I am wearing my new dress today – thank you!

We also had two large bags of clothing left over that we donated to ClothesLine which is our preferred charity for clothing donations, as all the clothing goes straight to the people who need it.  So please keep that in mind when donating clothes to any charities.

So… many many thanks to the lovely people from Greenups for the opportunity to show everyone what we do. It seems we have converted quite a few people to the benefits of swapping and we look forward to seeing many of them again at future events.

Our next public swap is on Tuesday 18th May at The Marlborough Hotel, 145 King St, Newtown.  This is a great venue and the last swap we had there was very successful.  So we hope to see you there for much fun and swapping!

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