A[WEAR] was fashion with a mission. Leave the labeling to the designers, they say – reserve the labels for the clothes, not the people.


A wonderful collaboration between Prahran Mission and Whitehouse Institute of Design, it was held to raise awareness for mental illness. Statistics show that nearly half the population will suffer from it at some point in their lives, most of which are in the 18-24 year old demographic.


Delicious finger food by Fabulous Catering made the rounds while Liquid Infusion, Feisty Wines and Old Mout Cider provided drinks that kept everyone happy.


The atmosphere was absolutely buzzing, with Kit Webster’s amazing kaleidoscopic media installations in the background, and various bands taking their time on the stage. It even looked like a breakdancing battle was about to unfold at one point.


A pop-up op-shop was beautifully decked out with selected items from the Mission’s op-shops at bargain prices. It proved to be a massive hit, and raised over $4,000 in just four hours!


And the highlight of the night – the runway. It was a daring and extroverted display of colour, detail and attitude featuring pieces by Australian designers Gorman, Alpha 60, Jenny Bannister, Mr Carter, Neo Dia, Alexandra Blak, Raggatt, O.T.T By Lia T, Prussia, Pamela Usanto, Estelle Deve, Kate Rohde, Kathryn Beker, Henson and Lisa Taranto.  A little bit garage grunge, a little bit rebellious punk and urban ghetto, the runway featured bright bursts of colour and print. Think sequinned unitards, metallic leggings, fluoro printed jeans, amped up with oversized neckpieces, neon lips and sky-high shoes by Wittner. In an unexpected twist, The Space Dance Crew took center stage to finish off the runway with a bang. All runway pieces were also up for grabs at the pop-up store immediately after!


A night of fashion, art, music and dance – for a wonderful cause. The third year Whitehouse Design students deserve to be commended on their spectacular running of the night, from which 100% of all proceeds and donations go to Prahran Mission. Congratulations also on reaching your sky-high goal of a whopping $40,000!


Mission accomplished.

About The Author

Camille Gower

Camille Gower is a freelance writer and fashion blogger with a penchant for prêt-a-porter and pretty frocks. Vintage and sustainable fashion are her passion, but she also has a soft spot for music, tea parties, Turner Classic Movies and alliteration. Her blog Fashion Camille Leon (http://camilleleon.blogspot.com.au/) is a fusion of musings on Melbourne street style, vintage markets, and unique fashion finds for stylish ladies and gentlemen.

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