Oldies have the WOW factor

Last updated 05:00 06/10/2014
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KENT BLECHYNDEN/ Fairfax NZ
WOW FACTOR: Retirement home resident Muriel Mouat got into the spirit of the World of WearableArts show with her take on Gone with the Wind.
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HAVING A LAUGH: Bruce Craig in his creation called ‘After Work Drinks’.

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They may not strut, twirl or pout quite like the young models do, but there's no denying the ‘golden oldies' still have the wow-factor.

To coincide with the World of WearableArt show at the TSB Bank Arena, residents at the Malvina Major Retirement Village near Johnsonville came up with their own show, after three months of knitting, glueing, stapling and weaving.

Muriel Mouat, in a Gone with the Wind, costume was the star turn at yesterday's performance.

Mouat, 91, a former office worker who lived in Avalon before she moved to the rest home, was resplendent in a costume crafted out of bubble wrap and paper doilies.

She enjoyed being paraded in the two performances - the first last week for fellow residents and the second yesterday for their families.

But she gave credit for the costume to fellow resident Sally Burrage and activities co-ordinator Linda Lankshear.

Burrage, 97, a former Christchurch resident who "ran away" after the earthquakes, paraded as Au Natural - a costume featuring giant leaves and bits of greenery picked from the atrium garden.

The youngest model was Bruce Craig, 71, with a cork and bottle-top-festooned outfit entitled After Work Drinks.

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- The Dominion Post

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