Fashion show to aid refuges

SOPHIE SPEER
Last updated 05:00 05/12/2012
Jenny Alexander
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Fashionable cause: Organiser Jenny Alexander gets ready for the Frock On fund-raising fashion parade at the Old Bank Arcade.

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A few frocks are set to make a big difference for women in need.

Frock On, a fashion parade and auction showcasing the creations of some of New Zealand's top designers, will tonight raise money for the Wellington Women's Refuge and Te Whare Rokiroki Maori Women's Refuge.

Chameleon Project director Jenny Alexander came up with the idea of using fashion to help women in need, and is thrilled with the positive response she has received from the business community.

"This is about giving back to people who need it. This is the time they need it most. Christmas is a very difficult time for refuges. They are really stretched."

Andrea Moore, Jane Daniels, Starfish and Voon are among the 10 designers involved, each donating an outfit that will be modelled and auctioned.

Also included in the auction are a wedding package, a Caci Clinic appearance medicine package and an Annah Stretton styling session.

"The great thing about this is that we get to celebrate all the wonderful things about being a woman through fashion, while the money will benefit women who might be disadvantaged or in trouble."

Among those taking to the catwalk are Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, who is modelling an outfit by Starfish, and councillor Ngaire Best, who is modelling Reign.

Also in attendance are Women's Affairs Minister Jo Goodhew and MPs from other political parties, Ms Alexander says.

Ms Wade-Brown says modelling at the event is a "good opportunity to show support for important Wellington charities, which sadly are too necessary over the festive season".

Ms Alexander says there have also been items donated by Green Party members and Prime Minister John Key.

Wellington Women's Refuge manager Philippa McAtee says the timing for this event is ideal.

"This is a time of the year when there is huge demand for our support and we are really stretched for resources.

"For the last couple of weeks all our rooms at the safe house have been full, as well as in the lounge."

Ms McAtee says the money raised will go toward the extra reliever who has been employed to help during the Christmas period.

- Frock On is at the Old Bank Arcade December 5. Doors open at 6pm and the fashion parade will kick off about 7pm. Tickets $30, including a glass of bubbles and nibbles throughout the evening. They are available from thechameleonproject.co.nz or at the door.

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