Sunday, 14 October 2012

ReFashioned Q and A

ReFashioned had a little chat with Remaliah King, a 20 year old student living and studying at the University of New South Wales

Remaliah in one of her refashioned pieces

When did you first start shopping at op shops?
My mother was always a bit of an op-shop fan and until I was about 14/15 I hated them. I would always get really embarrassed when she'd drag me in. Then I started doing some volunteer work at a local op-shop through my school and just fell in love with them! 

What drew you towards them?
Once I had been inside an op-shop and discovered they were full of really cool items at really good prices I just had to keep exploring. 

Best bargain?
Hard to say. I've picked up a country road blazer for $10, a Cellini leather handbag for $20 and a vintage Cue skirt for $20. 

Weird experiences?
Perhaps not exactly weird, but the owner of my favourite op-shop sold me a lot of my best dresses which were sourced form America. He was very strange and his shop ended up disappearing overnight. 

When I bought my 17th dress he insisted I take a fair few accessories such as his mothers old cloche hat. I borrowed them for the weekend and showed him a few photos of the outfit in exchange. 

Do you enjoy buying clothes and wearing them as they come or making them better?
Before I became a uni student I was considering a career in design and used to do a lot of alterations to my clothes. I don't have as much of an opportunity now, but I still see some items and think about gathering the hem, cutting the length short or taking it in at the waist. 

Where did you learn how to sew?
I had to take some compulsory classes in textiles in school and became really interested in learning more. My mother was more than happy to teach me and I decided to pursue the subject further at school. A lot of what i've learned is from simply taking apart garments or cutting out bits of fabric and seeing how they go together. 

Do people realise that some of your amazing pieces are second hand?
Definitely not! The dresses I wore to both my year 10 and 12 formals, as well as my 17th and 18th birthdays have all been from op-shops; no-one would have ever guessed I hadn't spent hundreds on each!

How do you think we could get more people using their local charity stores?
I definitely feel that wearing my op-shop items around and letting people know where I got them from has opened some peoples eyes to what you can find when you look in the right place. Vintage and op-shop fashion fairs also definitely contribute to greater community interest in their local stores specifically. 

Besides fashion finds, do you think giving to charity stores helps the community?
I think that it can, particularly if you choose which stores to purchase from. Some stores in my home town were attached to churches which used the money to put on large community events such as Christmas carols. Others were joined to charities like the Westpac rescue helicopter, the Red Cross and the Royal Far West Children's Hospital. 

Favourite store?
My favourite second hand store used to be a small business run by a local guy who sponsored local fashion events.

You can find great accessories at charity stores.

Thanks for sharing Remaliah!

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Charity Walk Charity Talk

Fashion is often seen as selfish, pretentious and over the top. However, there are so many different designers, brands and charities who see differently.

They do it on TV, think pilot episode of The OC circa 2003, we did it at school with Fete Fashion Parades. What better way to show off your fashion skills or those of designers then with a charity fashion parade. 

We can use the power of fashion, it's followers, it's money and it's support system to share the importance of giving and caring for those in need. 

People in fashion are creative, on top of trends-creating trends- are unique, are in touch with their community. By incorporating this with giving to charities or promoting the importance of giving, either material or monetary, we can build a strong awareness of philanthropy and a reminder to remember that we can all make a difference. 

Last year, at Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Sydney, there was the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Parade in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Money from sponsors and ticket sales went to support the NBCF and the work they do in raising money to help research a cure and prevent breast cancer. The fashion parade was a really inspiring event showing that even something like fashion can help the community. It was a great way to involve big name designers like Akira, Collette Dinnigan, Bianca Spender and Lisa Ho

MBFFS Fashion Targets Breast Cancer 2011
Another great example of fashion working for charity is the Edinburgh Charity Fashion Show in England. A charity event run by students who choose a charity to support every year. I know for me a lot of the time when I think charity I think old and fuddy duddy. The ECFS has made me think just the opposite. It is totally hipster and they have a gorgeous video! Maybe students in Sydney should do the same?

Fashion also comes to the call of those in need during emergency situations. The Victorian bushfires in 2009 or the recent flooding in QLD.  Here is another great example of fashion lovers and leaders doing good. 

Often fashion helps not just through raising money or fashion parades or giving clothes but by putting their name to a problem they create awareness which leads to social changes in behaviour and attitude. This is where it all starts!

- Fashion Against Aids by H&M: although the campaign is over it was a great way to promote awareness of AIDS and being healthy in your love life. Some of the uploaded couple photos are super cute!

-SASS & BIDE make-a-wish: these necklaces were not only adorable, they helped raise funds for the Make-a-Wish foundation. 

These are just to start!! 

What great fashion charity causes do you know of?

For the Visual

Saturday, 6 October 2012

How to remove: stigma

Not everyone grows up wearing merino wool jumpers, the latest outfit from the Gap or designer sunglasses. Lots of people grow up wearing wool jumpers, dresses from Cotton On and sunglasses from Target.
Some people grow up wearing clothes from op shops and hand-me-downs.

Throughout life -school, home, work, family- we all seem to get classified into different groups. Unfortunately, a lot the time, these groups are distinguished from one to another by what people wear. We've got the indie people, the nerds, the jocks, the abercrombie models, the hipsters... A lot of what we wear comes down to what we can afford. However, lucky for us, I think the negative perception towards 'cheap' clothes are changing. 

When I saw this scene on Glee last week I thought to myself, "who cares?" Because today, in most circles, it's 'cool' to have grabbed a bargain from Vinnies, to be wearing your mums old wool jumper or to be taking unwanted handbags to Salvos. 

With the future of the environment always on our minds, people have started to be more conscious about where our belongings will go in the future. We are still massive consumers when it comes to technology (how many phones does one person need?) but for fashion related things we are getting a lot more aware of the consequences of choices we make, the materials that get used in products and where the products were made.

For those with friends or family who act all 'snobby' towards second hand clothes you can say "at least it's better then what you have on." Or for a much nicer way you can explain the great buzz you feel from giving to a charity store and supporting your local community and that you will shout them drinks next time because they will be in debt from buying too many new things.

As for people saying second hand clothes are dirty? Charity clothing stores won't sell anything less then great quality. If something is dirty, torn and just not right for the public it won't be sold.

Check out this awesome blog that has the right idea: Swapping is the new Shopping

Got this great jumper from my mum last year. She was going to throw it away!
Perfect for a study sesh or ducking out for a winter hot chocolate.

Wonderful on the Inside, Beautiful on the Outside

Salvos Stores are stepping it up a notch, bringing fashion to charity. At the end of September, they launched their new campaign, Salvonista, at Belmore Park, Sydney. Early in the morning fashionistas, including Salvonista Ambassador, Lynette Bolton and designers Watson X Watson, as well as Salvation Army officials, gathered next to a revamped van to celebrate the importance of giving to your community as well as a love for shopping. 

The Salvonista Mobile Boutique will be heading off! Decked out with lights, change rooms and most importantly, plenty of clothes, it will travel around parts of New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Queensland. Bringing unique pre-loved fashion treasures to all who want to see it. 

The Salvation Army is never something I would have linked to being fashionable. I would go to Salvos Stores for oversized dresses which I would refashion into something new for textiles assignments. Until recently I dreaded the though of thrift shopping with friends. It was not appealing. 

This has all changed.

Salvation Army + Fashion Lover = Salvonista

A Salvonista is something everyone should want to be. It is a way to go shopping, which we all love, buy clothes that are unique and one off as well as giving back to the community and supporting a charity that does so much. 

Give their website a looksie and find out just how much they help us and how you can say thank you in return.

For more photos of the launch hop onto our Facebook Page.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Lesson Learnt

I have spent the entire day wearing a pair of shorts that are too big for me. 

How did I let this happen?

Well, I own two pairs of black shorts. Pretty much identical. In the early hours of this morning my fashion choices weren't quite on track and it wasn't until I had arrived at work, had drunk my morning coffee, that I realised the mistake I had made. 

From today's experience I am realising once again how I really should clean out my wardrobe more often. I'm pretty sure I have drawers full of clothes that I "might need one day."

This has got to end! I'm going to give my wardrobe a thorough Spring Clean-out! I recommend you do the same. No more getting to short fashion faux pas for me. 

A few helpful hints and information for getting started:

Chronicle the items in your outfit to help you find out what you don't ever use. You could try style it to your everyday looks or box it up and send it to the thrift store!

Purge. A great word. Organise your clothes and really figure out what you need to keep, what to chuck and what can go to charity. Moving house is a great time for this!

Buying half you body weight in clothes every year?? Concerning! Find those 22 unworn garments in your wardrobe and then you know what to do!

Don't let this be you xx

Wednesday, 26 September 2012