Orana explores fashion history

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Southern Cross Care Orana resident Rita Wilson has sparked excitement by suggesting the aged care facility host a fundraising vintage fashion parade.

Mrs Wilson is calling the event ‘Orana, presenting a touch of nostalgia’ and it will feature clothing more than 50 years old.

‘‘When I was working here at Orana 35 years ago we had a fashion parade. I thought holding another one would be a wonderful idea and a potentially lovely afternoon for everyone,’’ Mrs Wilson said.

‘‘As soon as I mentioned the idea I received incredible support from staff and other residents. Everyone is behind it and it is now a highly anticipated event.

‘‘The money raised will go towards further establishing our beloved garden with new plants and products for the existing ones.’’

The parade will be held at Orana on Friday, April 12 from 1.30pm to 3pm.

Volunteer Maureen Strutt has been the driving force behind getting all aspects of the parade organised.

‘‘It was such a fantastic idea on Rita’s behalf to have a fashion parade. It will be interesting to present vintage pieces opposed to modern day clothing,’’ she said.

‘‘We well have a combination of staff and volunteers modelling the clothing. There have been difficulties with getting models that will fit into the items as they are a lot smaller than the average size.

‘‘We chose Jane Fraser to be MC for the event due to her extensive background in fashion. She was a fashion designer in England for many years so we think she will fit the position perfectly.

‘‘A vast majority of the clothing has been donated by the Peppin Heritage Centre and are all over 50 years old. Other pieces include some of my own items, things from residents and from our volunteer models.’’

Mrs Strutt said there will be raffle prizes available to the general public and a competition among residents.

‘‘We will run two raffles which are drawn on the day of the fashion parade. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at Orana. We will also hold a competition for the most elegantly dressed resident.

‘‘Everyone is invited to enjoy the show. We are very excited to be able to present this to the community. Entry will be $2 and include an afternoon tea of scones, cream and jam.’’