It’s not an era that we currently consider to be set for a fashion trend revival, but that doesn’t mean the 1940s made any less of an impact upon fashion than any other period. Yet when one imagines the era, particularly in this post-military fashion period, it’s hard to look beyond its contributions to all things austere – after all, it was the Second World War that made the British propaganda booklet ‘Make do and mend‘ a common phrase. One upcoming Melbourne fashion event has the potential to redress the period’s perceived fashion contribution drawing on Christian Dior’s work to explore the glamour of the era. And it will do so all in the name of charity.

mission 65

On the 1st of June, a selection of Melbourne’s most accomplished design talent and exceptional students from the Whitehouse Institute of Design shall come together to present a fabulous evening of 1940s glamour to celebrate sixty-five years of community support and contribution from the Prahran Mission.

Drawing on Christian Dior’s new-look as an inspiration, Mission 65 is a fundraising event, encompassing an interactive fashion show and silent auction. Using existing clothing sourced from the Mission’s opportunity shops, renowned Melbourne fashion designers, such as iconic Jenny Bannister, Project Runway’s Anthony Capon and the wonderfully innovative team behind Madam Virtue & Co, shall use their creative genius to transform everyday garments into exquisite outfits re-communicating the concept of making do and mending.

The evening will be hosted by celebrity stylist Philip Boon and Jenny Bannister, also known as the sassy duo behind Fashion Torque. Come and celebrate sixty-five years of the Prahran Mission by donning your most fabulous forties attire, and share in the glamour. Prizes shall be awarded for the best dressed, with the first prize valued at $550.

Mission 65 will be held on Wednesday, 1 June 2011 from 7.00pm and it shall be held at Red Bennies on Level 1 of 373 Chapel Street, South Yarra.

Tickets for the evening are $30, with tickets available to students and concession holders for $20. They can be purchased here with all proceeds from the event going towards the Prahran Mission.

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