Mercy Place Warrnambool residents hit the catwalk thanks to Emmanuel College students

Runway: Shirley Reekie wears a design by an Emmanuel College student. Picture: Christine Ansorge
Runway: Shirley Reekie wears a design by an Emmanuel College student. Picture: Christine Ansorge

Age was no barrier to fashion on Friday as Mercy Place residents strutted their stuff on the catwalk.

Style: Teresa Baker struts her stuff in a shirt created by Emmanuel College's Lauren Flynn, 17. Picture: Christine Ansorge

Style: Teresa Baker struts her stuff in a shirt created by Emmanuel College's Lauren Flynn, 17. Picture: Christine Ansorge

Together with talented teens, who talked-up the clothes they’d created, residents proved female fashion is a timeless treat.

Comfort: Resident Janet West is thrilled with the blouse made for her by student Stella Nabong, 17. Picture: Christine Ansorge

Comfort: Resident Janet West is thrilled with the blouse made for her by student Stella Nabong, 17. Picture: Christine Ansorge

The residents of the Warrnambool aged-care facility were donning the latest trends as part of a collaboration with Emmanuel College production, design and technology students.

The project involved the pairing of 15 girls with 15 residents to create an outfit of their choice.

Consultations between the groups began in February, with the final product showcased during a fashion parade at the Hopetoun Road venue on Friday afternoon.

While residents paraded their outfits in the facility’s communal hall, students used hand-held microphones to describe their creations to gathered guests.

Many of the residents admitted their choice of outfit had fallen to necessity.

“I’ve got a lot of trousers and I thought it’d be nice to have a skirt for a change,” Beverley Stewart said.

“It’s comfy and I like the material,” resident Janet West said of her blue and white print blouse.

Colour was also an important factor when considering an additional piece of clothing.

Mercy Place resident Norma McDowell said the brightly-coloured skirt sewn by 17-year-old Emilie Urquhart would be a welcome addition to her wardrobe.

“When you (Emilie) asked me what colour I’d like I thought perhaps blue or perhaps purple,” she said.

“I never dreamed I’d have all these colours and I feel I could wear it often with a different top and it’d look great with what ever.

“I’m really thrilled.” 

A representative from Mercy Place said the sense of community created at these types of activities was felt by all involved.

“Mercy Place Warrnambool is always looking to connect students with seniors who have incredible life experiences, stories and lessons.

“This provides an opportunity for residents to bond with children of similar age to many of their grandchildren.

“These activities are important for residents.

“It gives them the opportunity to connect back to their youth while promoting socialisation and new friendships.”

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