Members of Orange Woman’s Shed put down their tools and strutted the catwalk on Tuesday evening at Orange Ex-Services’ Club for the spring and summer fashion launch for Adrift Clothing.
Adrift Clothing stylist Bec Holeszko said she wanted to shine a light on the women from the Orange group, some of whom have experienced domestic violence.
As well as being pampered with hair and makeup styling, money raised was also given to Orange Women’s Shed and Veritas House.
I read a few things [about Orange Women’s Shed] that were amazing, that they were supporting women who were in all different circumstances.
Adrift Clothing stylist Bec Holeszko
“I did quite a bit of research through social media and I saw a few articles,” Miss Holeszko said.
“I read a few things that were amazing, that they were supporting women who were in all different circumstances.”
She said the decision to hold the launch in Orange was because many customers were rural women and there were also Adrift stockists in the Central West.
“We wanted to come to a rural setting,” she said.
“We were looking at all different rural areas and it just happened that one of our stockists was here.”
Orange Women’s Shed support worker Paula Beattie said it was a great opportunity for the group’s members.
“For the women themselves it’s great, it’s not something they would have done ever,” Ms Beattie said.
“[It’s] giving them an opportunity to get their hair done, their makeup done and give them some stylish clothes to wear.”
She said it would help them to build confidence and self-esteem.
“That’s what we do with the women’s shed as well, building confidence and self-esteem,” Ms Beattie said.
Ms Beattie said it was also a great opportunity for the shed and the money would likely go towards buying more tools and materials.
Orange Women’s Shed member Gwen Cartwright said she joined the group so she could learn how to do things herself, gain independence, confidence.
“It’s a social day out as well because you get to meet different people,” Mrs Cartwright said.
Although it was a different experience, she said she enjoyed preparing for the fashion show, which she described as a once in a lifetime opportunity.
“It feels lovely, it feels special, I don’t get pampered that often, it felt good,” Mrs Cartwright said.
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