As part of voluntary arts week which we covered last week, Govanhill baths is hosting ‘This is not a fashion show’. We spoke to Nadine Gorency of Rags to Riches about what this years show has in store…..
The last outing for this is not a fashion show was in 2014. What do you have in store for us this time around? Without of course giving too much away!
Well like the fashion show in 2014 we wanted to plan an event around what we do whilst showcasing other emerging and established up-cyclers. We have a range of outfits created by the Rags to Riches team of volunteers, ex-participants and tutors who created up-cycled garments over the course of weekly fashion show workshops. People are invited to be creative, up-cycle, use our facilities and use the many post-consumer waste, materials and donated items we have the studio. Sew La Tea dough also created a collection which, consists of making / mending visible and bold. Moth eaten jumpers and worn-out denims got a re-vamp and we all work together giving advice, coming out with ideas and learning new skills. We will also have a range of emerging and established up-cyclers and other organisations that we have met and connected with on our travels. All work with waste in some way or other from a Climate Challenge Fund project that created an up-cycling collection as part of their C O2 emission reduction awareness work to a local art studio that created a collection for a performance piece they are currently developing. So the show remains innovative, varied and fresh as we pull in lots of different elements that you wouldn’t find in a fashion show. Performance, installations and a striking stage set brings it all together and makes a well-rounded event.
Last time all the products and garments were centred around up-cycling and the wider message of recycling is there a similar message this year?
Yes of course. That’s the aim of the show. Our last show was amazing and of such high quality. The vision behind the show was realised by all who took part and everybody got it .We want to create an unforgettable experience. And we want to make people think and see the potential in a new and considered fashion, a fashion that cares for people and communities whilst working with the environment.’
You also deliberately looked for models of all shapes and sizes last time making the event more accessible to many people. Can you explain to us why this is important? Will we see a repeat of that theme and are you still looking for models?
Well it seems obvious to us that we should have real people showcasing the work. We want to promote a positive image and we want to reflect diversity. The majority of the models are people we work with, friends of friends and members of the local community. It makes so much sense and it works. We are fed ideals of beauty which are not true and we aim to challenge that.
Who are this year’s designers? Can you tell us anything about them? And will they have some of their garments for sale at the event?
This year’s show will include Lucy Barge who is one of our volunteers who joined us a while back and had included images of some the jazzed hoodies she was making in her CV.I liked them so much that I invited her to our last craft fair and then asked her to take part in the show. Gail Power and Hamish Mash were part of the 2014 show and created new deconstructed and elegantly refashioned garments for this year’s show. Thrfty Little is a prolific up-cycler and makes candy pop upcycled gear and toytastic accessories. Organisations such as local art studio The Garret’s have been invited to showcase their newly developed costume explorations and Edinburgh’s Welcoming a Greener Future’s upcycled collection created as part of the their Climate Challenge Fund activities. Hamish Mash, Thrifty Little and The Welcoming are all Edinburgh based. We also discovered by chance that one of our workshops participants dabbles in the world of upcycled menswear and we were so impressed with the sleek garments that we asked him to take part.
But it’s not all about the designers as we also have a specially commissioned poetry piece about Govanhill and the environment by our very own Jim Monoghan along with one of Altronica’s spectacular installations.
The event is part of Southside Fringe and Voluntary Arts Week.
Tickets on sale;
Also available at Govanhill Baths 99 Calder Street or the Southside Fringe Headquarters in the Art Village Shawlands.
It’s going to be a great show!