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Rose Charity
16Jul
2010

Never Been Kissed

It is the purpose of ROSE Charities to implement, build capacity for, and support simple, sustainable, cost effective rehabilitation programs for the marginalized of the world. Find out more at www.rosecharities.net

Rose Charity raises money for the needs of children. This auction did so with models stripping away layers of clothing for cash. The outer layer was a transparent sheath cut in a Japanese style with red doilies as roses and green stitching like barbed wire as vines. The next layer was the skeleton image on a blue rusted cami and pants to denote the trellis or structure underneath the rose plant.

Fashion fundraiser for Cambodian children with cleft palettes inspired me to create a piece that reflected the gap produced not only by the physical manifestation of a cleft palette but the gap of resources to help mend it. The circle skirt is an inclusive shape; we are all one. The lace and spine evoke interconnectedness and strength in fragility. The pink is the kiss which is scalloped with a wood burning tool into the shape of a giant lip – fiery and raw, the green is the underbelly / root and the fuchsia toile is the blossoming flower within. Velvet bows mend the gap but do not completely hide what has been revealed; we are all vulnerable and beautiful and with each others’ help we can proudly display our scars and inner beauty. “If ever I saw a heart reveal itself in the form of a dress, then certainly this was that time” Robert E. DeGraw Jr., Executive Producer, Never Been Kissed. Over $10,000 raised! www.neverbeenkissed

Fundraiser for ROSE Charities: It is the purpose of ROSE Charities to implement, build capacity for, and support simple, sustainable, cost effective rehabilitation programs for the marginalized of the world. Find out more at www.rosecharities.net

Using the rose as a starting point and lingerie as my structure, I fashioned a layered piece that could be stripped off and auctioned during the fashion show. The outer layer was made from sheer curtains, cut into a “Chinese Style Dress”, embroidered with lace and appliquéd with doilies to evoke the lattice of support housing the rose bush. The 2nd layer was the substance of the bush; governance of children, benevolence of those who can help. The stitching represents the thorns of the rose bush and the barbed wire of those imprisoned by their lack of means or by war. The 3rd layer is the water that feeds the rose bush and images our common physical attribute regardless of where we live, what we own or the colour of our skin. Outcome: Raised over $17,000.00 for Rose Charities


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