I think this is such a clever idea. Finally a worthwhile home for those one-off dresses that we buy for things like matric dances. This is how it works.
Glamorous, pretty party dresses, shoes, jewellery and any other appropriate accessories are gifted by people who no longer wear them. The clothing and accessories are then put on display as if they are in a shop in a large empty office space which is donated the occasion with “stylists” are hand to transform underprivileged girls into princesses for their matric dances!
The wonderful thing about this project is that it is all about women sharing with each other which is all the more meaningful due to the fact that for many of these girls, matriculation represents an added and significant achievement despite difficult circumstances and the promise of future potential.
According to looklocal:
The Princess Connection-Matric Dance Project collects used matric dance dresses and accessories to transform township pupils into glamorous princesses for their big night.
The Matric Dance Project was started a few years ago by Michelle Lissoos who was approached by her domestic worker to help find a dress for her daughter’s matric dance. Lissoos sent an e-mail to some of her friends and colleagues and was amazed at the incredible response. Not only was she able to dress her domestic worker’s daughter, she was able to provide dresses and outfits for her entire class.
Each year Lissoos and her friends call upon networks and colleagues and collect dresses, shoes, scarves, jewellery and the like for the project.
They set up shop at the offices of the Core Group, allowing each girl the full experience of shopping for that perfect outfit. Donated dresses are laid out according to size and colour and volunteer stylists help each girl through the process of finding their perfect ensemble, from advising on styles to pairing suitable accessories to complete their make-over.
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How you can help:
Donate your used dance dresses, shoes, jewellery, scarves and handbags.
Give up your time to be a fashion stylist by helping the girls put together the perfect outfit.
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