Second life for donated clothes

A RANGE of clothes from Red Cross Shops has been up-styled by one of Australia's major fashion schools for next month's Op Shop Week.

The Reimagine fashion project began earlier this year when a small group of students from the Whitehouse Institute of Design hand-picked donated clothes from the racks of Red Cross Shops.

A team of 18 students, many of whom are now working in the fashion industry, set about remodelling and refashioning the garments to raise money for Red Cross.

NEW LOOK: Clothes from Red Cross Shops were up-styled for Op Shop Week.
NEW LOOK: Clothes from Red Cross Shops were up-styled for Op Shop Week.

The finished Reimagine collection captured both the spirit and energy of the young fashion designers and the global humanitarian work of Red Cross.

Red Cross Shops community engagement manager Kate Dear said the stylishness of the recycled clothes amazed everyone.

"It just shows what can be done with a little imagination and flair," she said.

"We now want everyone to support National Op Shop Week.

"There's a Red Cross Shop to appeal to everyone, from Superstores and traditional opportunity shops to boutique, high street stores.

"Shopping at a Red Cross Shop encourages the community to 'reduce, reuse and recycle', which in turn reduces landfill waste."

For more information about your local Red Cross Shop, visit redcross.org.au/shop.



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