ON the catwalk: Dame Trelise Cooper to visit Wanaka for fashion show fundraiser

Dame Trelise Cooper

Dame Trelise Cooper PHOTO: David White

New Zealand fashion identity Dame Trelise Cooper is to hold a fashion show in Wanaka for the first time as a fundraiser for the town’s planned hospice.

Wanaka boutique women’s fashion store Escape Clothing and the Upper Clutha Hospice Trust are organising the inaugural Theatre of Fashion event featuring Trelise Cooper, with tickets going on sale today – July 17, 2015.

Held at the Glendhu Woolshed in Glendhu Bay on September 30, Theatre of Fashion is a unique showcase of the Trelise Cooper Summer 2015/16 collection. Guests will be greeted by three Trelise Cooper live installations set in a spectacular 1950s-inspired space before watching the catwalk show. There will also be an auction of donated big-ticket items, with all proceeds going to the Upper Clutha Hospice Trust.

The idea was sparked by Escape Clothing owner Lucy Lucas and Upper Clutha Hospice Trust fundraising committee member Bev Rudkin. Lucas, who stocks Trelise Cooper in her shop, made the approach to Dame Trelise to see if she was interested.

Upper Clutha Hospice Trust fundraising committee members Penny Wilson (left) and Bev Rudkin (right) with Escape Clothing owner Lucy Lucas.

Upper Clutha Hospice Trust fundraising committee members Penny Wilson (left) and Bev Rudkin (right) with Escape Clothing owner Lucy Lucas.

“Dame Trelise is incredibly generous with her time – she does a lot for community causes. Wanaka is so lucky to have her agree to holding this event, and for her to attend is even better. Guests are in for a treat – Trelise Cooper shows are always fantastic, with plenty of ‘wow’ factor,” Lucas says.

Dame Trelise says she’s only too happy to help for the cause: “Giving back to the community is something I have always believed in. It means a lot to me that my passion and the work that I do can be put towards something that really makes a difference.

“The Theatre of Fashion is like a live performance. It’s a chance to showcase the stories behind my collections on stage with music, makeup, lighting and everything that brings it to life. I have some very loyal customers in the South Island who have supported my label right from the beginning, and it feels great to be able to bring an event like this to them,” Dame Trelise adds.

Lucas and Rudkin hope to raise about $25,000-$30,000 for the Upper Clutha Hospice. Construction of the hospice is expected to commence at its Wanaka Lakes Health Centre site in August.

Lucas, who lost her mother to cancer two years ago, says the hospice facility is especially important for the local community. Wanaka cancer patients and their families must currently travel either to Clyde’s Dunstan Hospital or Dunedin Hospital to receive hospice care.

Rudkin adds: “The trust can’t thank Lucy and Dame Trelise enough for what they have done to organise this event. It’s such a coup for Wanaka – Wanaka hasn’t had anything like this before and we know Theatre of Fashion will be an exciting event.”

Tickets are available from Escape Clothing, Ardmore Street, or the Upper Clutha Hospice Shop on Ballantyne Road.

When: 6.30pm, Wednesday September 30, 2015

Where: Glendhu Station Woolshed, Glendhu Bay

Cost: Tickets are $65 per person or $75 for front row seats. Tickets available from Escape Clothing, Ardmore Street, Wanaka, or the Upper Clutha Hospice Shop, Ballantyne Road.

All proceeds go to the Upper Clutha Hospice Trust.

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