Turning the old into new fabulous fashion

01:41, May 30 2014
Frockingly Fabulous Fashion Show organiser Barbara Olsen-Henderson has set Taranaki pupils the task of creating a new garment from second hand clothes.

Taranaki secondary school pupils are being invited to immerse themselves in the "up-cycling" phenomenon for a fashion show next month.

Up-cycling involves getting two or more pieces of second-hand clothing and creating a new garment.

Frockingly Fabulous Fashion Show organiser Barbara Olsen-Henderson said she got the idea from New Plymouth woman Shirley Taylor, who creates her own retro clothing.

Olsen-Henderson has had a passion for sewing since she was a young girl and was keen to get young people involved in the craft.

"We often got boxes of clothing from Corso and hand-me-downs that didn't fit, so I learnt to make them fit."

Olsen-Henderson said she mastered sewing straight lines by recycling bed sheets by turning the sides to the middle to make them last another year or so.


So far more than 30 pupils from Spotswood College, New Plymouth Girls' High School, Inglewood High School and St Mary's Diocesan in Stratford have entered the show.

Olsen-Henderson has provided them with fashion packs, which included two items of recycled clothing from the Hospice Shop, and they now have to create new garments which have at least 50 per cent of second-hand clothing incorporated into the new design.

"I love to see what young people are doing and sewing is almost like a lost art," said Olsen-Henderson. "Hopefully this show makes sewing and up-cycling more attractive to this generation."

Work by Taylor, who Olsen-Henderson described as a "stunning and stylish" woman of an older generation, would be featuring at the show.

Prizes include a sewing machine donated by Spotlight, $300 worth of Bernina vouchers, $300 worth of dinner vouchers from The Bach, and spot prizes.

The show is on June 27 at New Plymouth's City Life Church. Tickets are $30 each and can be bought at The Bach on Breakwater Restaurant in Breakwater Bay.

*Emma James is a Witt journalism student.

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