Frock up at Ben Lomond

Julie Firth, GLENRAC (Glen Innes Natural Resources Advisory Committee), Lois Hennes and Ruth Povall (Frock Club) at Deepwater School of Arts in April Photo courtesy of Jane Gardiner (Alstonville Plateau Historical Society
17th Jul 2019
Janelle Stewart

If you have a passion for fashion, then the award-winning Frock Club fashion presentation coming to Ben Lomond will be an absolute must - and it’s all free of charge!
Frock Club is an award-winning community engagement program of Crawford House Museum, based in Alstonville, NSW. In 2019 it is travelling to drought-affected areas of NSW and will be in Ben Lomond on July 30th.
Frock Club co-founder Ruth Povall said that Frock Club offers a unique opportunity for drought-affected fashion lovers to momentarily put their cares to one side and spend the morning in fun, fashion, and fellowship.
“From our observation, the presentation comes as a welcome relief to the daily realities of drought and puts a spring back into people’s steps,” Ruth said.
Concerned about the sustainability of ‘fast fashion’, the decline of hand-made fashion in Australia, and the loss of highly skilled technical trades important to making Australia a global design hub, Ruth started Frock Club to educate people about the industry.
Frock Club’s charter is to demystify the fashion industry and help people understand the current status of the industry. Frock Club does this in a unique way, by delving into museum archives of the past 100 years of women’s clothing and dress, to source artifacts and knowledge that illustrate and inform our present-day ‘take’ on fashion.
The session will examine issues facing the fashion industry and the public alike, such as clothes fitting incorrectly, the fast fashion phenomenon, STEM studies’ connection to fashion, and regional economic development fashion opportunities.
As a counterpoint, they look at fashion between the wars, an incredibly innovative and exciting period for fashion. Tips on styling will also be presented, as well as an opportunity to try on vintage garments and hats
The Drought Tour Fashion Presentation will be held at Ben Lomond Hall on Tuesday, July 30th, from 9 am to 12.30pm. Presenters will be Lois Hennes, Pattern Engineer and co-author of ‘The Fashion Design System: Pattern Engineering for the 21st Century’ and Ruth Povall, Technical Designer and freelance Pattern Engineer.
NO CHARGE to drought-affected Frockers and a country-style morning tea will be provided courtesy of the Ben Lomond Hall Committee. You can either wear or bring a 1910 – 1945 garment from your collection to share with the group!
Bookings are essential. Contact / text Ruth Povall
0429 079 364 or Dorothy Every (02) 6733 2117