Upstyling and creating stylish looks for International Women's Day

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Upstyling and creating stylish looks for International Women's Day

Fun and fashion will be served up with a creative twist on International Woman's Day on March 8 at the Open Circle House off John's Green.

The swap shop is open to women of all ages who are invited to take part in the venture. Participants are invited to donate unwanted clothes.

Environmental Awareness Officer, Bernadette Moloney said that she was delighted to be able to support the initiative.

“The swap shop makes people more efficient with their resources and also encourages people to reduce their waste,” she said.

Women who would like to donate clothing and accessories can do so at the Arts Office on Dean Street or the Environment Office at County Hall on John Street.

Gently-used clean clothes and accessories can be donated in exchange for tokens which can be used at the swap.

The community arts group Open Circle is hosting and facilitiating the event and not surprisingly there will be an artistic element to the affair with people encourage to create stylish, innovative and daring new looks. A make up artist will be available to help create funky and glamourous looks and photographer Ross Costigan will be shooting the end results.

Open Circle Development Worker, Alice Bennett is excited by the venture.

“We are always looking for creative ways to make new things out of reducing and reusing materials. This is a very fun project to be involved in and involves both upcycling and promoting ethical fashion,” she said.

The Zipyard, a clothing alterations company will also be present to show people how a few simple stitches on a garment can create a different look or cleaner shape and style.

Any garments which are not used at the event will be donated to local charity shops.

The Swap will take place at the Open Circle House (off Johns Green) on March 8 from 4pm to 8pm.

Garments and accessories can be donated to either venue between 9am and 5pm up until and including Fenruary 22.

Meanwhile a screening of Advanced Style will take place at the National Craft Gallery at 8pm on February 25. Advanced Style is a documentary that examines the lives of seven unique New Yorkers aged 62 to 95 whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging. Director Lina Plioplyte follows these fashionable ladies’ daily adventures of living in the city, capturing their most entertaining and poignant moments. From the instant that Cohen first meets these vibrant characters on the streets of New York, it is evident that they are destined for fame. From a glamorous 81-year-old dancer from the legendary Apollo theater, to an 80-year-old owner of a storied boutique on the Upper West Side with a penchant for over-the-top accessories, to a 93-year-old West Village artist known for her colorful ensembles and iconic red eyelashes crafted from her own hair, these ladies offer their own unique perspective on overcoming life’s obstacles with style and grace, proving that age is merely a state a mind. Advanced Style paints colorful and intimate portraits of independent, stylish women who are challenging conventional ideas about beauty, growing old, and Western culture’s increasing obsession with youth.

This is a free event but booking is required. People are encouraged to dress boldly and show their individual sense of style at the event.To book email events@nationalcraftgallery.ie or call 056 7796151