Jean Clarke of Tairua crafted a complete vogue present of 50s outfits from op store gadgets. Picture / Alison Smith.
Jean Clarke of Tairua can obtain Audrey Hepburn model from second-hand cover covers – a superpower being showcased in a one-off catwalk present like no different.
The previous hairdresser and secretary who by no means skilled professionally in stitching has spent a whole lot of hours creating Nineteen Fifties vogue worn by glamorous icons from Hepburn to Marilyn Monroe to Elvis.
However these aren’t any odd copies of the glamorous originals.
“The temporary was ‘every thing will need to have originated from an op store’,” explains Jean.
Jean and fellow society member Auriol Farquhar started looking a whole lot of images on-line for kinds worn by a handful of well-known Nineteen Fifties celebrities earlier than scouring op outlets in Thames, Tairua and Waihi.
“There have been some appears that I virtually managed to recreate with just a bit little bit of adjustment however simply could not discover one of many gadgets, like a jacket in a Doris Day outfit. So then it was again to sq. one,” says Jean.
“Different occasions I used a cover cowl as a result of it had this beautiful spray of pink flowers and I believed, ‘that’ll make a Princess Margaret gown’.”
Jean used the material on the again of that cover for one more gown, working for a number of hours most days for 3 months to stitch your complete assortment.
Half the unique gadgets got here from Tairua Op Store, the place the workforce of ladies volunteers helpfully put clothes apart for the trigger after they noticed one thing they thought is perhaps helpful.
The 82-year-old seamstress recreated the appears of Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Princess Margaret, Doris Day, Audrey Hepburn and an unknown Nineteen Fifties starlet.
Among the many males, she’s sewn the outfits of Elvis, Bing Crosby, Rossano Brazzi and Humphrey Bogart.
There are cigarette pants, swing attire, a marriage gown, ball robes, plus fours, teddy boy outfits and a basic Elvis swimsuit.
Opposite to the Scottish proverb you possibly can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear – which means you possibly can’t create a positive product from inferior supplies – Jean has created lovely outfits and drew on her creativeness to see the potential of many op store gadgets.
Fashions from the Tairua Heritage Gamers performing group have been fitted over a number of weeks and warned to not lose or placed on weight earlier than the occasion, which additionally options superstar chef Jo Seagar as particular visitor.
The fundraising retro vogue present at Tairua Bowling Membership on November 19 is certainly one of 4 occasions by Tairua Heritage Society from November 17 to twenty together with a Roaring Twenties sequence of performs on Thursday, November 17, a booked out dinner, the style present and afternoon tea on Saturday, November 18 and an antiques roadshow on Sunday, November 19.
Jean began stitching with the encouragement of her father and her aunt’s borrowed Singer stitching machine that had a deal with turned by hand, and sewed her personal marriage ceremony gown.
She says stitching is a good asset to have in life.
“It is very satisfying when it is completed, and there’s a little little bit of satisfaction in having achieved this. After I take a look at all of the outfits I believe ‘my goodness did I actually do all this?’.”
Restricted tickets can be found from Tairua Data Centre Ph 07 864 7575 or e-mail [email protected].