Late last year, the news came of a new opportunity for creative entrepreneurs to revolutionise the central city!
Wellington originated imitative Urban Dream Brokerage appointed one of my favourite people: Tamsin Cooper, as the Dunedin Broker to match landlords with empty retail spaces with creative entrepreneurs with community centred ideas.
This was a perfect opportunity for us to bring our work around the social, environmental and economic issues of contemporary fashion into the public eye, and, most importantly, empower everyone in our community to do something positive towards change.
We also wanted to highlight how people can connect with others all over the world, to show how local initiatives can lead to international change. Through UK based organisation Fashion Revolution, we gained access to brilliant resources, and by timing our pop up event to coincide with international Fashion Revolution Week, we could add our voices to the thousands from all over the world.
Thanks to Urban Dream Brokerage and the DCC Property Management team, we secured the former June Walls/Eprende fashion store, just north of the Octagon.
It was a brilliant location for welcoming visitors from throughout the city, as well as those from further afield.
Thanks to amazing sponsorship and support, we were able to revolutionise this space into a colourful, inviting and interactive space to learn and create.
It was very encouraging hearing from 99% of people who came through our door about their desire to move away from ‘disposable fashion’ and bring their personal values into their wardrobe choices.
We also heard familiar stories of what prevents people from making the choices they’d like to: Access, knowledge, and affordability are key barriers that everyone working in the ethical fashion industry is working to overcome.
Our combination of resources from Fashion Revolution, and opportunity for people to get hands on with mending and making their own items, was a great start in addressing these issues in our community.
We are enormously grateful for the support of Tamsin and the UDB team, Dunedin City Council staff, Fashion Revolution, Trade Aid (for their amazing tea and coffee!), Bernina Sewing Centre (for making sure our machines were ship shape), Revival Foods (divine zero-waste catering), Restore recycling centre (fabulous aprons and sewing supplies!), and everyone who donated their time, effort and expertise to helping us complete this amazing project.
Will we do it all again? Watch this space!
On with the Revolution!
Do check out our brilliant sponsors!
How is it that a garment that promises to be so practical, comfortable, versatile and flattering... so impossible to find!?
Our wardrobes get stuffed full of 'compromise garments', things we buy to 'make do' till we find that perfect garment that will single-handedly make our lives easier, simply by setting us free of our 'this will do's and allowing our natural confidence and style to be released into the world!
This is the heart of the capsule wardrobe concept: to be able to make your own core wardrobe items that really fulfil the promises of good fit, comfort and style.
Each term this year we are focusing on sharing garment construction tips and tricks, from pattern drafting up!
Term 4 starts 18th October, 6-9pm Tues or Wed nights for 8 weeks. Enrolments are open to everyone, as we can help you choose a design to suit your skill levels :) (If you want to brush up your sewing skills beforehand, join our SEW 101 workshop on Saturday 15th October form 2-4pm.
See our Classes page for details for more details, or jump straight to our Registration form.
Looking forward to seeing what fabulous custom designs will come through next term in our JACKETS series! Everything from knit wraps to tailored blazers... looking forward to helping you create your style!
If you missed out visiting us at UNSTITCHED, you can still get in on the action and make your wardrobe Awesome!
Its a pain having to dip into the budget and replace items when they start to show wear and tear. Maybe a hole; maybe pilling; maybe seams that can't keep it together.
The art and creativity of mending has become a bit of a distant memory for most of us, but it's experiencing a revival around the world as people realise there is an alternative to making do with cheaply made, mass produced items that have no real character and even less staying power.
For the past year we've been showing people of all walks of life how mending can not only save a garment from certain land-fill, it can be a way of putting your personality into something through visible mending. Old flaws really can become favourite features!
The group continues to grow, with a great mix of projects and people. We love how people from all ages and walks of life can relate to getting a sewing needle in their hands!
As the winter closes in, we expect to see many more gloves darned, jackets re-fastened and jeans patched!
If you have an unfinished project lurking in your corner, and aren't sure how to finish it, or perhaps just struggle to make time and find the space and tools, we can help!
Pop in for a quick hello, or join us the afternoon. If at all possible, we do recommend booking (on our facebook event page, or by clicking here), to make sure we will have enough space…and tea-cups.
2nd Saturday every month, between 2-5pm, at our base in Trident House, 88 Vogel Street (beside Vogel Street Kitchen).
Donations of items for afternoon tea; sewing fabrics and notions; patterns and books; ...and money towards the power bill gratefully received.
Planning has begun for our next big project is our third annual Vogel Street Fashion Show, to be held as part of the Vogel Street Party, on the calendar for Saturday 8th October.
We aim to break from traditional fashion shows, it is only elite designers who can afford to present, and only a small selected audience who is invited to attend. The Vogel Street Fashion Show will overstep these limitations and show that fashion is not just for the elite, but something that comes from and involves us all.
We are very excited that this idea has caught the imagination of those in the Creative Communities funding team. Thanks to their support in the form of a grant for just over $3000, we will be able to raise the bar on our production and add to the work we have shown the previous 2 years.
The theme for this year’s VSP is ‘Connections’, and we will be connecting a wide range of local designers and community groups to present a celebration of the diversity of ‘Dunedin Style’.
We are now welcoming expressions of interest from local designers – professional, students and amateur, who would like to be part of this great fashion showcase.
We'd also love to hear from anyone who would like to take part as a model (all ages, abilities, genders and cultural backgrounds welcome!), or production assistant (anything from make-up to dressing to photography), or the all important area of catering!
Leave a comment, send an email, or contact Fi on 022 027 3223
Highlights from 2015 VSP Fashion Show
Just Atelier is the brainchild of ethical fashion duo Fi (Clements) and Fiona (Jenkin).
behind the scenes