Wardrobe Stories Takes Us Down Memory Lane

Kelly Lynch reviews Dementia St Andrews’ first fashion show.

As a charity effort to increase dementia awareness and in a partnership with Dementia Friendly St Andrews and the University’s Dementia Friendly Society, Wardrobe Stories Vintage Fashion Show showcased various articles of clothing, donated by community members and businesses, along with the stories behind them. Held in Holy Trinity Church and with a ticket price of £3, this was not a typical charity fashion show seen by St Andrews.

A town and gown event, the show featured students, community members, and children from Greyfriars’ Primary School performing and modelling. The show began with Greyfriars’ Glee Choir singing “Let It Be” by the Beatles—a vintage song for a vintage show.

Following that, the first collection of the show was exhibited. Titled “Wardrobe Stories,” this collection consisted of about ten outfits and rather than the traditional walk to display the outfit, the model would step forward and an announcer would describe the piece, who owned the outfit, and where it was worn in the past. The remainder of the show consisted of more traditional walks for each collection. Clothing was donated by local families and businesses or collected from the models’ own closets.

This event was nothing like the stereotype that you think of when you hear about a fashion show in St Andrews. It had a very family friendly and community oriented focus: no alcohol in sight, the only refreshments served were tea, coffee, and vintage sweets provided by local businesses. The entire event focused on the charity they support and was certainly a breath of fresh air and a reminder of how far removed many St Andrews events are from the real world.

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