Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Cast-Off Couture Campaign

Marie claire have engaged six of Australia's top designers to create one-off couture pieces to auction off to raise money for the St Vincent de Paul Society. Designers selected pre-loved items from St Vincent de Paul op shops to create their garments.

Sass & bide designers Heidi Middleton and Sarah-Jane Clarke stayed true to their love for embellishments creating a beautiful black gown with cotton neck detail and a silk-taffeta skirt.

Romance Was Born designers Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett were inspired by a Bolshoi ballet themed table runner they found, to create a folksy Russian styled dress.

A stack of yellow and white striped curtains inspired camilla & marc designers Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman to create a tailored wide-legged suit. The shirt they paired with the suit was made from a handful of other shirts they found.

Designer Therese Rawsthorne was unexpectedly inspired to combine a trench coat and wetsuit to create a dress detailed with mohair panelling, beaded neck strap and cotton/polyester skirt.

Easton Pearson designers Pamela Easton and Lydia Person only work with natural fibres so they were lucky enough to find a beautiful batik pure silk skirt and a lovely lurex knit to create an contrasting look with punk style skull and cross bones top with oriental print skirt.

Carl Kapp used vintage winter tweed to create his stunning custom drape dress.

The auctions end at midday Saturday 13 August so don't forget to bid and help the tireless work of St Vincent de Paul Society!

Check out the beautiful designs below and click on the links to bid:
Information sourced from http://yahoo.com and http://ebay.com.au
Images courtesy of http://ebay.com.au


  1. Woha, these looks are amazing! Everything looks like a bit of Proenza Schouler mized with Zara and H&M! I love that kind of mishmash.

  2. First dress is gorgeous



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