Slow is the new chic!

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Posted 11 March, 2024
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By Neha Gosalia

Sustainable Queenstown’s Slow Fashion Campaign is back! Last year, we held a sold-out Clothes Swap Event at Te Atamira with guest speakers, who shared astounding facts and insightful perspectives on fast fashion, and why going slow is the way forward.

This year, we’re calling on secondhand superstars in our community to, quite literally, model conscious consumer behaviour! Refashion: A Fashion Show Cut Differently seeks to feature locals who have embraced pre-loved, treasured hand-me-downs, or upcycled clothing and shine the spotlight on their planet-loving wardrobe. After a successful pilot event last year by our Resourceful Communities partners Wānaka Wastebusters, we are excited to put our own spin on it for the Whakatipu community! The fashion show is on Saturday, 23 March, at 6.30pm

Not so keen to strut your op-shop couture down the ramp? You can still sashay away with a little somethin’! Get a raffle entry for every piece of second-hand clothing you wear to the event, and we’ll pick a few winners throughout the evening. Finally, you’ll also have a rare after-hours opportunity to browse and buy from the ‘Pop-Up Op-Shop Market’ featuring Salvation Army’s Family Store, a selection from Coco’s Cabin and the Strange Goods Market.

Tickets available on Humanitix, SQ Facebook Page $15 adults, free for under 18s.

Queenstown ‘Slow’ Fashion Week

March is Slow Fashion Month, and we’ll be sharing opportunities to help the community learn about choosing well, wearing for longer, mending and repairing, and shopping second hand first. Here’s a taster - follow us on Facebook as we’ll be sharing throughout the month!

- Sustainable Queenstown’s Green Drinks ‘Gear & Beer’ will feature a gear swap hosted at Patagonia Clothing & Equipment. Thurs, 21 March.

- TIKKI studio’s ‘Visible Mend’ workshop on 17 March with guest facilitator Nat Perks - breathe new life into ripped jeans by using embroidery to patch them up.

- Sip ‘n’ Sew at Gantley’s Pub - learn how to perform simple mends and alterations! Thurs, 21 March.

This event is proudly supported by QLDC Zero Waste District Programme.


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