Tea party fashion exchange

Hello all! The post I’ve written today, which you may think is not specifically linked to design in sense of a piece of furniture or design scheme, but what it does have in common with the art and design world is an idea and concept are the just or even more substantial than the product itself. Enjoy!

Within certain areas of our society; work, fashion and family life, women are expected to act, look and meet certain “standards” to fit the ideological female brief. This constant self examination can breed huge competition between women and create division.

Understanding the pressures modern women face, Rastarella Falade from Nottingham (shown below, third on right) has made it her mission to break these boundaries and unite women all over the city by holding various events from open-mic nights to belly dancing, encouraging women to get together and make friends.

Rastarella teamed up with friend Iona Tamberrino to hold a fashion exchange tea party at the Vine Community Centre in Nottingham at the weekend. The initial idea started off as a small get together but as the word spread vigorously across Facebook, the exchange ended up being a pretty large event housing racks and tables full of clothes, shoes, hats and everything in between.

Even the BBC wanted a piece of the action!

Women from across the city came to swap their unwanted and to enjoy a good giggle and natter. I had to force myself to slowly walk away from the racks of clothes as temptation was getting the better of me.

Iona (top left in a flowered dress) was amazed with how fast the word spread and the turn out, ” I needed to have a clear out before I moved house and thought I’d invite a few friends round to get together and swap what we didn’t want or use.”

“The word spread on Facebook and what was supposed to be a small gathering turned into this big event. I’ve actually left with the same amount that I had brought, mostly maternity clothes which I need.”

Rastarella believes pop-up events like this are extremely important in creating unity within a community, “Events like this bring women together and create a sense of sisterhood. Unity is easy when you look within and not at people’s skin.”

The event was a great success and if you want to find out what’s next on the event calendar, you can keep up to date with Rasterella and friends by joining the “Real Women Real Talk” group on Facebook.

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