Fashion Party at Ocean Keys shopping centre puts body image in limelight


Stylist Desmond Eddy with clothes by Suzanne Grae.
Picture: Martin Kennealey       www.communitypix.com.au   453726
Stylist Desmond Eddy with clothes by Suzanne Grae. Picture: Martin Kennealey       www.communitypix.com.au 453726

A FASHION launch in Clarkson this Thursday will replace the traditional catwalk formula for a ‘real women, real bodies, real budgets’ theme.

The AW16 Fashion Party at Ocean Keys shopping centre on May 12 will showcase seasonal fashions on models sized 10 to 16, aged between 25 and 60.

It will raise funds for The Butterfly Foundation, the national peak organisation for eating disorders and body image.

“We want to present a more realistic fashion show with models that represent the average Australian woman,” centre manager Karen Draper said.

“It’s self confidence that truly makes an outfit – the show will highlight that at any age, any size and on any budget, you can look and feel beautiful.”

Butterfly Foundation chief executive Christine Morgan said research pointed to high self-esteem and positive body image as protective factors against the development of eating disorders.

“Poor body image can be damaging to one’s psychological and physical wellbeing,” she said.

“Body dissatisfaction often leads to extreme weight control behaviours which can be triggering factors for developing an eating disorder.”

The AW16 Fashion Party is on May 12 from 5.30 to 7pm.

Tickets are $10 each. Book at www.oceankeys.net.au or call 9407 2411.

n Those seeking help and support with negative body image or an eating disorder can call the Butterfly Foundation’s national support line on 1800 33 4673 or visit www.the butterflyfoundati-on.org.au.