For the past few weeks Starts at 60 has been taking a look at fashion through the ages. The 1940s through to the 1970’s to be exact.
And what a great trip down memory lane those have been, thanks to Charlotte Smith, owner of The Darnell Collection, who shared her knowledge.
But’s all been due to one event being held in Sydney helping to raise funds for an organisation that helps women to get their economic independence.
That event was ‘200 Years of Empowerment – A Fashion Journey’ , featured the Darnell Collection, and it was supported by Westpac and designed to raise funds for Dress for Success.
Women over the years have not only embraced their love of fashion they’ve found their own feet when it comes to economic independence. But that doesn’t mean there are those that still don’t need help along the way, just as they did in the ’40s, ’50s on onwards.
That’s what Dress for Success is for. To help women in need achieve economic independence. The not-for-profit organisation provides free professional attire, career support programs, mentoring services and a network of support, to empower women to reach their full potential and give them the confidence to succeed in today’s workplace.
DfSS’ services provide women with an important first step towards gaining employability, crucial support and financial independence.
We loved working alongside our friends at the The Exodus Foundation recently to dress five wonderful women for their recent Sistacare High Tea and fashion parade in Ashfield.Rev. Bridget Ocean provided some wonderful feedback: “What a beautiful day, the place went into uproar when the models came out! They looked fabulous and the volunteers you sent were amazing. Thank you again for assisting us with such beautiful attire for the ladies. The Pandora bracelets were a very special touch to them. The ladies will never be the same.” Thank you Exodus Foundation for the opportunity to be involved and to support women to look and feel their best. #ThankfulThursday
Dress for Success is a worldwide organisation, and currently there are six branches in Australia. ‘200 Years of Empowerment – A Fashion Journey’ was raising funds for the Sydney based one.
Since opening in 2009 Dress for Success Sydney has supported over 12,000 women around New South Wales. Over 26 percent of their clients are over the age of 45, with many going through tough times and with families to support.
During this month Westpac Money Management workshops through Westpac’s Davidson Institute with Dress for Success Sydney will help clients have a greater understanding of topics like budgeting, borrowing, superannuation and life planning.
Bernadette Inglis, Westpac Group General Manager of Retail & Premium Bank, said Westpac has a strong legacy of supporting the community and advocating for women’s financial and gender parity and leadership in Australia so it was a natural fit to partner with Dress for Success Sydney.
“I’m delighted that funds raised at [this] event will go some way to helping women in need to be more confident about their financial future,” Bernadette Inglis said. “In fact, I encourage all Australian women and girls to take more control on their personal finance, education and employability so that they may achieve self-sufficiency.
“We know that many Australian women wish they were more financially literate and wish they had more, or more thorough, training in at least one area of financial literacy. We hope through partnering with organisations like Dress for Success Sydney we can help improve financial literacy standards and build the financial confidence of women and girls.”
There are easy ways you can get involved in Dress for Success in your region, and that is by donating good quality work-wear. That includes shoes, handbags and even cosmetics. You could even organise a donation drive in your area.
And if there is not one in your area, why not start one up? All the information you need is here: Dress for Success.