Saturday, 28 January 2012

December 2011 - Eclectic Eco Fashion Show and Charity Auction

FASHION SHOW :  Sorry, this is a late post about last December's flurry of activities at the National Textile Museum, culminating in a fashion extravaganza where ACG assisted the students of PJ College of Art & Design and eCo-cent$ to hold an Eclectic Eco Fashion Show and Charity Auction. The idea for this was mooted months ago, when students (as part of their Fashion assignment) submitted their designs & concepts and then swarmed eCo-cent$ shop in Ara Damansara to gather pre-loved clothings, mainly from Japan and 're-pakai' or upcycled it into a collection fit for the runway.
PJCAD, eCo-cent$, ACG & NTM 'busy' people

The themes were :
  • The Ancient of Subculture (a sponsored segment by Miko Hair Studio & Academy)
Sponsored segment by Miko Hair Studio & Academy

  • JAPAN ROCKS harajuku meets tradition
  • GLAM DECONSTRUCTION rebellion against the norm
  • BALLERINA MEETS BOB MARLEY swan lake against reggae
  • CONTEMPORARY MATRYOSHKA craft & cultural elements in today’s fashion
  • VINTAGE REVAMPED transformed and updated from the 1920’s TO 1980'S fashion

ACG was roped in to organise the Eco-Bazaar, Charity Auction, eco-friendly Refreshments Buffet and Thank-You tee shirts . Through ACG's introduction, the college & eCo-cent$ approached the National Textile Museum's director, Janet Tee and they so graciously allowed us to hold the show there. 

Azrin, the fashion lecturer & designer extraordinaire, had envisioned the concept of a 'trunk show'.  It would cover two floors. Chairs were lined along the corridors and an endless stream of models were to parade from downstairs to upstair and down again, sweeping past all the invited guests would who get to see the garments up-close, providing a continuous show of sound, colour and creativity!
VIPs / friends from Cheshire Home & PPMT

After a few meetings & correspondences, the logistics were worked out and we are very thankful to the museum and all their staff for their tireless assistance to bring all this together. It is quite a feat to mobilize more than 100 people making up the exhibition crew - from the models, hair-stylists, make up artists, helpers, etc.

ECO-BAZAAR :  In keeping with the re-cycle, up-cycle and eco-friendly theme, ACG members came up with a new collection collectively called "ACG Re-Purposed" using discarded, found and previously unwanted materials such as old faded denims jeans, scrap material, plastic bag, candy wrappers, old handset & earphone wire coupled with unlimited creativity, wire, paint & ink and various crafting skills.



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 (see  ACG Re-Purposed tab at top of this blog).

Other organizations in the Eco-bazaar were eCo-Cent$ and Gerai OA

CHARITY AUCTION : Each guest was given a form that lists all the 36 costumes. As the models start parading, the guests can view and decide how much they would like to bid for it.

However, there was some confusion becos the avant garde models that first came out had no number tags and were just a sponsored segment by Miko Hair & Academy. The items for bidding only came after that.

Then came the PJCAD student models. Bidding begins at RM300. The bidder writes it down and at the end of the show slots it into a the Silent Auction Box. Tabulation would be done at a later date after the show.


The successful bidder will be notified within 2 weeks. At least half of the money collected will be donated to 2 deserving causes :

GERAI OA’s Tabung Ubat & Tabung Sekolah
Gerai OA is a volunteer-run, nomadic stall selling crafts, books, CDs & DVDs on the Orang Asal (indigenous minorities) of Malaysia. 100% of the sales money is returned to the artisan, business or NGOs. Any donations received will be re-directed to buy medical supplies or given directly to mothers of school-going kids, as education is an important means to lift them out of poverty and make improvements to their lives and community.

Email - geraioa@gmail.com
www.elevyn.com/shop/geraioa
FB - www.fb.com/geraioa

TONG SIM Senior Citizens Care Centre

At the entrance to the well-known cemetery area in Sg Besi (near Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka) is Tong Sim Funeral Parlour. Above it is a refuge for an average of 50 old folks who have come here to stay because they have no other means of support or relatives.

Some are even abandoned at government hospitals by their families and having no where to go, they are relocated here after being discharged.

This centre is supported by well-wishes and volunteers. They do not accept cash but asks for food donations and welcome visitors to spend time with the folks there. 

Call Mr Cheong Loy 016-288 7288

The Arts & Crafts Guild, KL & Selangor (ACG) and eCoCent$ will
  • disburse funds monthly to purchase food items & other necessities for the old folks centre and
  • periodically to Gerai OA (as per their requirement). 
 All funds will be carefully documented and receipts kept to ensure a proper and transparent disbursement.



THANK YOU TEES : To thank the host, National Textle Museum & other sponsors, ACG members, Fyd, Mikko & Cheah Wai Seng designed and embellished a tee-shirt top each. The result? An creative use of discarded materials (Mikko's use of leftover felt bits salvaged from Norlie's felt projects), craft techniques (Fyd's crochet using fabric strips to form letters of the alphabet) and Wai Seng's artistry (delicately handpainted on tee).


ECO-FRIENDLY REFRESHMENT BUFFET : Nothing is left out in creativity. Adam, craftily cut and assembled >100pcs of  banana leaf plates for guests to use, in keeping with the eco-friendly  theme.  His mother, KakSiti and other helpers arranged the Vietnamese rolls, carrot & cucumber sticks artfully on plates brought over by Jane.


***Anyone got photos of the buffet table? Tag me on FB, OK?


Nilufer Senyuva helped serve the cakes from Secret Recipe - Carrot cake & brownies. Thanks for a good job, keeping things under control & ensuring  the crowd had their refreshments.

Poor Kak Yong, rushed from another engagement to pick up 3 types of cucuk Adabi (a fried batter with various ingredients) from her mother and came ink of a nick time for the end of the fashion show where guests again were feated to another round of food. Yummy! said the guests.


Food Sponsors :  Secret Recipe (brownies & carrot cake),  Molly Tan, (Vietnamese springrolls),  ACG (banana leaf plates, 3 types of cucuk, cucumber & carrot sticks), Nestle (coffee)

 The final analysis :  IT WAS A STRESSFUL, BUT FUN & SATISFYING 2 MONTHS OF WORKSHOPS & FASHION SHOW PREPARATION.  BUT ACG MEMBERS STEPPED UP TO THE CHALLENGE AND GAVE THEIR ALL -  WHETHER IN GIVING WORKSHOPS (WHICH THEY DID PROFESSIONALLY) or SUPPORTING BY ATTENDING or HELPING TO PROMOTE THE EVENTS ON THEIR OWN BLOGS or HELPING OUT AT THE FASHION SHOW & GIVING THEIR PRESIDENT MORAL SUPPORT!!  LUV U ALL!!

BTW- eCocent$ has contacted the 2 bids (same bidder for 2 different costumes)  for collection & payment but he is away overseas and will settle with them when he returns. Onlt then can we disperse it to the two charities.

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